Medical malpractice stems from the failure and lack of due diligence, care, or skill by a healthcare professional, such as a nurse or doctor. Medical negligence can happen at any point in time a patient is under the care of a medical professional. If you live in Augusta and have experienced medical malpractice, the Eichholz Law Firm is available to help.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s guidelines, healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, technicians, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals are expected to meet certain standards of care and protocol. When being treated by a healthcare professional, no matter the service you are receiving, there should be no need to expect anything less than a competent level of expertise. The healthcare professional has to ensure that such obligations are met.
Where Medical Malpractice Injuries Can Occur
Mainly all medical services providers are sworn to the Hippocratic Oath — a decree that physicians take to practice medicine honestly and with the best intentions. Although many physicians are told to abide by the quote “First, Do No Harm,” medical malpractice still regularly occurs.
While there are various reasons why malpractice can happen, many incidents can be attributed to the large volume of patients that many medical facilities and their practitioners treat.
Some of the common areas of malpractice include (but are not limited to):
- Emergency room errors
- Injuries in a birthing room
- General hospital negligence
- Ingesting improperly prepared or stored hospital food
Common Types of Medical Negligence
Medical negligence can be attributed to many different medical practitioners including (but not limited to); physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, anesthesiologists, and surgeons.
Several types of the most common medical negligence include (but are not limited to):
- Pharmaceutical / Medication miscalculations
- Birth defects or injuries
- Nursing home injuries and elder abuse
- Anesthesia errors
- Wrongful death
- Hospital, physician, or nursing negligence
Medical negligence is likely to occur in various areas of the healthcare industry and therefore, it is crucial that you research your medical professionals online before visiting them in person. Also, ask your friends and family for their recommendations.
Quick judgments must be made by all medical professionals during surgery, which could ultimately determine the patient’s fate. Unfortunately, costly mistakes can happen during surgery. In select cases, medical professionals are not adequately trained, work long hours, and/or face workplace stress. Any of these factors may lead to hospital negligence and potentially may set the stage for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Types of Surgical Mistakes
Surgical mistakes may include the following;
- Anesthesia errors
- Leaving surgical tools inside a patient’s body cavity after a procedure
- Negligent amputation
- Operation on wrong body part or patient
- Use of improperly sterilized equipment
How to Handle Health Industry Insurance Companies and Underwriters
After a medical malpractice claim, it is typical that the at-fault party will dispatch an insurance assessor to help determine the level of injury and to perhaps talk with the victim about a settlement.
Remember that insurance company representatives do not care about the victim’s feelings or needs. First and foremost, they are employees of the insurance company and are trained to obtain sensitive information about the victim and their injury to potentially use against the injured party in a court of law.
With the aid of a law firm, the victim’s lawyer can answer questions asked by the insurance companies and can serve as a direct correspondent for the insurance company to talk to.
Call Eichholz Law Firm for an Augusta Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Augusta is a consolidated city-county located on the central eastern border of Georgia. Known for its Medical District which employs over 25,000 people, you can expect that Augusta has seen its fair share of medical malpractice incidents. In fact, Augusta has seen cases of illegal distribution of prescription drugs. When dealing with medical malpractice, Augusta residents can go to the State Bar of Georgia website to find an Augusta lawyer.
Augusta residents are also able to get an experienced lawyer directly from the Eichholz Law Firm. Our Augusta medical malpractice lawyers are highly-skilled and knowledgeable in the practice area. Call the Eichholz Law Firm today to get an experienced attorney on your case.