Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider, such as a doctor, nurse or hospital, fails to provide a patient with the standard of care expected in their profession. Medical malpractice can lead to severe injuries or even death, and Ohio patients who are victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation.
Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
Healthcare providers must diagnose illnesses and conditions accurately and promptly. If a healthcare provider fails to diagnose a disease or misdiagnoses it, the patient may not receive the appropriate treatment, leading to further injury or harm.
Surgical errors can include operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the body or performing the wrong procedure. These errors can lead to serious complications, including infection, organ damage and even death.
Medication errors are a type of medical malpractice that can occur when a healthcare provider prescribes the wrong medication, the wrong dose or fails to recognize potential drug interactions. These errors can be life-threatening as organs and systems of the body can shut down.
When a healthcare provider fails to provide appropriate care during childbirth, the mother and the baby can suffer serious injuries. This can include oxygen deprivation, brain damage and other complications.
Failure to obtain informed consent
Before performing a medical procedure, healthcare providers are required to obtain informed consent from the patient. This means that the patient must be fully informed about the risks and benefits of the procedure before agreeing to it. If a healthcare provider fails to obtain informed consent, the patient may be entitled to compensation.
Nursing home abuse and neglect
When a nursing home or long-term care facility fails to provide adequate care to its residents, it can lead to serious harm. This can include neglect, physical abuse, and financial abuse.
Dealing with medical malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to provide an acceptable standard of care. Suppose you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice. In that case, it’s essential to fully understand your legal options and seek compensation that will allow you to receive proper treatment for your injuries.