Minnesota Doctor Error Lawyer
Patients see doctors when they are suffering from an injury or illness. They place their health in the doctor’s hands and trust that they will receive the proper care to treat their condition. The vast majority of doctors in Minnesota provide the highest standard of care to all of their patients.
Unfortunately, doctors sometimes make mistakes and that can cause patients serious harm. If you or someone you love has been hurt due to doctor error, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim to recover damages for your losses. A Minnesota doctor error lawyer can help you through the process so you obtain the full settlement you deserve.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
Doctors have a responsibility to identify conditions a patient may be suffering from so patients can receive the appropriate treatment. When they fail to do this, illnesses become worse and patients suffer unnecessary harm. A misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor fails to identify the correct condition or illness and diagnoses a patient with another condition. A delayed diagnosis occurs when doctors do eventually make the right diagnosis, but they do not make it right away.
Doctors and other healthcare professionals can also make a number of medication mistakes. A nurse working in a hospital may administer the wrong drug to the wrong patient, or they may administer the wrong dose. Doctors may prescribe the wrong drug, or they may fail to review a patient’s history to determine that the patient is allergic to a certain drug. Pharmacists can also make medication errors, including failing to warn a patient about side effects or dispensing the wrong dosage.
Many surgical errors are considered ‘never events’ because they are so traumatic, they should never happen. A surgeon may operate on the wrong part of the body, which has devastating consequences. For example, a doctor may amputate the right leg when they were supposed to amputate the left leg. The left leg will still have to be amputated, and it will have disastrous effects that will remain with the patient for the rest of their life. Surgeons also sometimes leave tools inside the patient during an operation, with sponges being the most common.
Childbirth injuries can cause unnecessary harm to both a mother and her child. A doctor may use excessive force that causes a baby’s shoulders or skull to break, or a doctor may use a vacuum extractor or forceps that cause the same injuries. Doctors may also fail to order a Cesarean section (C-section) in a timely manner, which could also cause significant harm to the child. When doctors do not respond properly to other complications, such as hemorrhaging, mothers can also suffer serious injuries.
Call Our Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Minnesota Today
You should be able to trust that your doctor will provide you with the proper care you need. When doctor error has caused you or someone you love to become injured, our Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer can help. At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC can determine who was liable and hold them accountable for paying damages. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.