I think my Physician made a medical error…now what?
As patients, we want to trust our doctors and other health care providers. When a doctor or nurse makes a medical error or commits negligence, it is hard to know what to think. An instance of medical malpractice can cause confusion for everyone involved.
Hospitals and other health care facilities employ registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nurses’ aides for the majority of direct patient care. When errors or negligence occur, patients are at risk for catastrophic injury or wrongful death from issues such as:
- Medication errors
- Failure to monitor patients
- Failure to properly note a change in a patient’s condition
- Failure to notify a physician
- Failure to follow a physician’s orders
- Documentation and medical chart errors
- Gastric Bypass Errors or related injuries
Doctors who commit errors in patient care often miss signs and symptoms that indicate illness. This can include negligence such as ignoring patient risk factors, failure to order medical tests, misreading test results and failure to follow up on test results. These failures can lead to serious consequences for patients, including:
- Failure to diagnose and delayed diagnosis
- Failure to refer to a specialist
At Pribanic & Pribanic, we understand the complexities of medical malpractice claims and work closely with medical experts to investigate and gather evidence. We will diligently pursue the compensation you and your family need after an error or medical negligence causes injury or wrongful death.
MISDIAGNOSIS IS A LEADING CAUSE OF BREAST CANCER MALPRACTICE
Early diagnosis is crucial for increasing breast cancer survival rates. But for women with dense breast tissue, mammograms can be ineffective at detecting masses and tumors. In such cases, other diagnostic techniques are required to ensure early detection.
Unfortunately, not all medical professional take their patients’ concerns seriously. Some fail to notify patients of the need for additional testing.
According to the journal Oncology, “When women with breast cancer sue their doctors for malpractice, it is most often because of missed or delayed diagnosis, and the most common reasons are mistakes in the evaluation and workup of screening procedures.”
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MALPRACTICE CLAIMS
We also represent people who have been injured due to medical malpractice in Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals. The process for handling a VA malpractice claim is markedly different from a standard malpractice claim. Claims must be filed in federal court. There are time limits and fee limitations to consider. Also, decisions are determined by bench trials rather than jury trials. If you are pursuing a claim against a military hospital, it is important to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the process.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Attorney
To schedule a free consultation about your case, call Pribanic & Pribanic for help: 800-392-4529. We represent clients throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the Pittsburgh region.