When we get injured or have medical illnesses, we have no choice but to trust medical professionals. There is no one else who can help us the way they can. However, what happens when the people you thought you could trust fail you? Unfortunately, medical malpractice does happen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It may not be super common or talked about very often, but there are victims out there. Everyone thinks that it could never happen to them or that the odds of it happening are slim; however, it is real. The best thing to do when medical malpractice occurs is to evaluate your situation and decide if an attorney is a good option for you. If you aren’t sure if your unique situation should go to court, don’t stress too much.
Here at Bernstein | Polsky Injury Law, we have a list of 3 common cases of medical malpractice in Fort Lauderdale that should be represented by one of our expert attorneys.
New life appears every single day here in America, with over 3.7 million births happening every year. Despite the many different things we’ve learned to make childbirth as successful as possible, medical mistakes still occur. And when a childbirth error happens, the mother and the baby are both at risk. It’s safe to say that this kind of error is horrible any way you look at it. So how do childbirth errors even happen? Some of the common mistakes occur after the baby is born, resulting in about 20% of medical malpractice lawsuits being against OBGYN specialists. From spinal cord injuries to postpartum hemorrhage, mothers suffer a lot when in recovery, which is ironic considering the recovery time is for resting. Postpartum hemorrhage, in particular, is one of the leading causes of death in newborn mothers. While health risks are associated with childbirth, and every human body reacts uniquely, there is never an excuse for errors. If something went wrong for you and your baby during childbirth, consider having an attorney fight on your behalf. Having a baby is expensive enough without the added costs of a medical mistake.
As if the opioid epidemic wasn’t enough, prescription errors make it high up in common cases of medical malpractice. The worst part about this form of medical malpractice is that the situations often go unreported, meaning we can’t say for sure how many cases there is every year. Prescription errors happen in many ways, but the most frequently seen methods of error are prescribing the wrong prescription and making people unaware of the side effects of what they are taking. Taking the wrong kind of medicine may not seem horrible at first, but think about all the things medicine can regulate and do for the human body. Most medical prescriptions are fixing something that is already off or wrong. If you don’t have anything to correct, the medicine is going to do far more harm than good. On the other hand, not knowing the medication’s side effects can be dangerous. You may choose not to take a prescription because of the side effects. But, if your doctor does not accurately inform you, you may end up worse off.
Another unfortunate case of medical malpractice that can be common is being either incorrectly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Being incorrectly diagnosed happens more often because of how many different conditions have similar symptoms. However, this does not excuse doctors from their mistakes. It is up to them to know the differences between each illness, even if the symptoms are very similar. Not being correctly diagnosed can result in the illness worsening or improper treatment administered, which can cause more problems. When it comes to not being diagnosed, it is purse irresponsibility and lack of knowledge on the doctor’s part. Unfortunately, some doctors will think patients are overreacting. This thought process can result in worsening conditions, other issues forming, and even death.
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If you have fallen victim to any of the above forms of medical malpractice or causes not mentioned, reach out to the attorneys at Bernstein | Polsky at (954) 977-9947 to seek justice. No one should have to feel betrayed by their medical professionals or face a worsening condition because of irresponsibility.