Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical professional to provide care and treatment that meets a certain standard of care. Surgical errors and pharmaceutical errors are two ways this negligence commonly occurs.
If you suspect that you have been harmed or lost a loved one due to a surgical or pharmaceutical error, you should seek help right away from an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
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Many surgical errors can be classified as “never events.” This means that they are so serious, preventable and costly that they should never happen. Unfortunately, they do happen – frequently.
SURGICAL NEVER EVENTS INCLUDE:
Retained foreign bodies
Other types of surgical errors include pre-operation diet or medication mistakes, anesthesia errors, lacerations or punctures and the failure to monitor a patient for blood clots, excessive bleeding, breathing difficulties and infections after an operation.
An investigation may also reveal that a particular doctor or hospital has a history of surgical errors.
Those who rely on doctors, nurses or other medical professionals to administer their medication such as elderly adults or young children face a high risk of suffering harm from these errors.
Patients who receive many different kinds of medication also are at risk – especially the risk of one drug interacting dangerously with another.
As the Institute for Safe Medication Practices notes, pharmaceutical errors rarely result from the negligence of one person. Instead, they are the product of “a series of system failures.”
Another major problem is the prescription of drugs for “off-label” uses. In fact, as the Wall Street Journal reports, a recent study found that 12 percent of the medications prescribed by doctors in the U.S. are for unapproved uses.
Although a doctor may believe that prescribing a drug for an off-label use may be the most effective way to treat a patient’s condition, the problem is that it may expose a patient to dangerous side effects.
The failure to discuss the benefits and risks associated with a drug and to obtain the patient’s informed consent before prescribing it can be a form of medical negligence.
The attorneys of Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, have more than 35 years of combined legal experience and the highest peer-review ratings possible in the Martindale-Hubbell® legal directory. We know how to effectively and efficiently handle cases involving surgical and pharmaceutical errors.
We can thoroughly investigate your case, including reviewing your medical records, interviewing eyewitnesses and examining the medical equipment and medication involved in your case. We can also consult with highly qualified medical experts who can help us to identify the errors that occurred in your case.
We can seek a timely resolution of your case through a fair settlement with the individual medical professionals, hospitals or health care organizations involved in your case. If a trial is necessary, our skilled litigators will be fully prepared to fight for you in court.
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We know how to protect our patients’ rights in complex medical malpractice cases such as those involving surgical or pharmaceutical errors. We are ready to get to work for you today.
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