5 Types of Medical Negligence Claims

5 Types of Medical Negligence Claims Grand Rapids, MI

Negligence happens when a doctor makes a “mistake” that results in personal injury. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from medical negligence, we recommend hiring a malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. A medical malpractice lawyer will advocate for you and hire experts of comparable education and experience to testify how they would have acted differently to avoid injury.

1. Misdiagnosis

A misdiagnosis can result in getting the wrong treatment for a condition you don’t even have. Likewise, not diagnosing a condition until it’s too late can put your life at risk or even cause wrongful death. For example, a doctor is negligent if they don’t diagnose cancer despite obvious signs. If you or a loved one has suffered injury from a doctor’s misdiagnosis, we recommend you hire a malpractice attorney as soon as possible.

2. Surgical Error

Surgery always comes with risks, but can be especially dangerous when a negligent doctor is involved. If you have experienced complications from surgery due to medical negligence, you’ll want to hire an injury lawyer as soon as possible. In the state of Michigan, you have 2 years from the date of injury to file a claim for medical malpractice. If 2 years have already passed, you may still be able to file a claim if it’s within 6 months of when you first discovered the injury.

Examples of surgical error include:

  • Failing to maintain a sterile surgical environment
  • Leaving foreign objects (like sponges) in the body
  • Performing the wrong operation
  • Operating on the wrong body part
  • Puncturing organs

3. Medication or Prescription Error

Some medications come with serious side effects, especially when it’s the wrong prescription. While most medications are prescribed or dispensed correctly, there are a small percentage of patients who become victims of medical negligence. For example, your doctor is negligent if they prescribed the wrong medication for your condition. Another example of negligence would be if your doctor prescribed medications that should never be used together.

4. Failure to Give Medical Advice

Did you consent to a medical procedure without knowing the risks? Your doctor is responsible for letting you know the risks of a procedure so you can explore your options. If this conversation doesn’t happen and you suffered ill effects from the procedure, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim. While every procedure has its pros and cons, your doctor still needs to have a conversation with you about potential risks.

5. Birth Injuries

Nothing is more heartbreaking than discovering your child has a birth injury, especially if it could have been prevented by your doctor and/or pharmaceutical company. A birth injury lawyer can help you get compensation to help pay for your child’s medical needs and even long term care. Birth injury typically happens during labor or delivery, but can also happen as the result of improper prenatal medical care.

Examples of birth injury include:

  • Forceps or bruising marks
  • Fetal distress
  • Brain damage from reduced blood flow
  • Injuries from oxygen deprivation
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Umbilical cord compression

Attorney Jerry Beurkens and Kara Beurkens of Beurkens Law will fight aggressively for your rights so you can get the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other injury-related expenses. To schedule a consultation with our Grand Rapids malpractice lawyers, call (616) 459-5344.

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