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Mount Prospect Medical Malpractice LawyerPeople tend to trust their doctors completely. We are taught from a young age that the doctor knows best and is doing everything they can to help us. Unfortunately, doctors are not always right, and they are not always careful. If you have ever had a serious concern brushed off, or found that a prescription drug caused more harm than it prevented, you are not alone - and you may have been affected by medical malpractice. Some types of malpractice have an immediate effect, so you know right away that something has gone wrong. Other forms are more insidious, sometimes taking years to become apparent. If you have been harmed by a doctor’s mistake or failure, then you may be able to recover compensation. Our attorneys can assess your case to determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit. 

Shockingly Common Forms of Malpractice by Medical Professionals

Medical malpractice cases usually fall into one of a few categories. These common types of malpractice include: 

  • Prescribing errors - Doctors should verify that the drug they are about to give their patients is safe for them. This means that they should check to see whether any of your medical conditions or current medications are contraindications for the new medication they are considering. For example, prescribing Toradol as a pain medicine to someone with a history of kidney disease can seriously harm a patient. 

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pharmacy malpractice lawyerWe tend to trust that when we go to the pharmacy to pick up our prescription medication, we will be given the correct prescription that is safe for us to take. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Pharmacists can make errors just like doctors and nurses can. Medication errors can have serious repercussions. Taking the wrong medication or the wrong combination of medications can cause serious reactions. People can become seriously ill or even die as a result of a pharmacy error. If your pharmacist made a mistake and you were harmed by it, you may be able to hold them liable for medical malpractice. If you believe that you have been harmed by a pharmacy mix-up, your first step should be to speak to a lawyer.

What Types of Pharmacy Errors Can Cause Harm?

It can sometimes be difficult to identify a pharmaceutical error as the source of a medical problem. More serious errors can cause sudden illness that requires emergency care, in which case it may be somewhat obvious what happened. Other errors are more insidious and can cause gradual harm over time that is not discovered until much later. Common harmful pharmacy errors include: 

  • Wrong medication - This is one of the more egregious errors. When a pharmacist inadvertently gives a patient the wrong medication entirely, it can cause very serious effects. Additionally, the patient might be further harmed by not having the condition the original prescription was for appropriately treated. 

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rolling meadows medical malpractice lawyerWhen you seek treatment or care from a healthcare provider, you likely go into the situation trusting that the medical professional is going to prioritize you and your health. While this is often the case, there are instances in which medical professionals do not conduct themselves in ways that are safe or appropriate. 

A doctor who sees patients while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not prioritizing the health and safety of their patients. Treating patients while intoxicated is a serious act and may lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you were harmed by an intoxicated medical professional, you may be entitled to damages through a personal injury claim. 

What is Medical Malpractice? 

When a medical professional’s negligence causes a patient harm, the patient may be able to bring a medical malpractice claim against the medical professional. Medical malpractice claims invovle:

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shutterstock_1049865188-1.jpgChildbirth is one of the most common procedures performed at hospitals and medical facilities. However, there are a variety of complications that can occur during labor and delivery, and even though babies are born every day, medical personnel are not always fully prepared to address the issues that can affect the health of a child or mother. Asphyxia is an issue that affects children in many cases, and if it is not addressed correctly, it can lead to serious injuries and long-term health issues, including brain injuries that may result in cerebral palsy. If doctors, nurses, or other medical personnel acted negligently, this may be considered medical malpractice, and a family may be able to pursue compensation for injuries suffered by a child.

Issues That Can Lead to Asphyxia During Childbirth

Asphyxia involves a lack of oxygen. This may occur if blood flow to the child is cut off during labor and delivery or if other issues prevent a child from being able to breathe or process oxygen properly. Some complications that can lead to asphyxia include:

  • Problems with the placenta or umbilical cord - If placental abruption occurs and the placenta becomes detached from the wall of the uterus during labor or delivery, or if other issues affect the placenta, this may interrupt the child’s oxygen supply. Compression of the umbilical cord may also restrict oxygen flow and cause harm to the child.

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Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Patients with serious health conditions often require complex medical procedures and precise courses of treatment, and they rely on their health care providers to execute this treatment to the best of their abilities. Unfortunately, with so many important details to attend to, it is not uncommon for a medical professional to err, which may result in serious harm to the patient.

One common risk for patients is the potential for medication errors. If you have suffered harm after taking a medication and there is evidence of negligence on the part of a doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

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