Medical and healthcare professionals provide an extremely valuable service to our community and our world. They help treat and prevent a myriad of illnesses, infections, and injuries. While it is never the intention of doctors, nurses, hospital staff, or other healthcare professionals to cause injury or death, the unfortunate reality is that mistakes happen every day. And those mistakes can be extremely costly to you or your loved ones. When you are injured, you may need to speak with our Medical Malpractice Lawyer Charlottesville VA trusts, with our offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.
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The term “medical malpractice” refers to an instance where a doctor, medical professional, or medical facility deviates from accepted standards of care for the healthcare industry and, as a result, causes an injury to a patient. Many of these cases are never reported and even fewer of them receive the compensation they deserve.
Medical malpractice can cause injury or even death to any person. No matter your age or gender, you or your loved one can be the victim of medical malpractice. And the results of such medical mistakes can include years of treatment or therapy, lifelong disabilities, loss of employment, and exorbitant bills. Life may never return to normal.
The Virginia medical malpractice lawyers of MartinWren, P.C. are experienced in representing injured parties in complex medical malpractice litigation. Our medical malpractice lawyers are available to advise you on the applicable law and filing requirements and to represent you if you have a claim.
Some forms of medical malpractice are so prevalent and preventable that Medicare, the governmental health care program, refuses to provide compensation for certain hospital acquired conditions. These errors, the Medicare laws reason, were entirely preventable given adequate medical care and never should have occurred. Those conditions include:
- When a foreign object remains in the patient’s body following a surgery;
- Gas embolism or air embolism;
- Blood incompatibility following a blood transfusion;
- Trauma and patient falls;
- Stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers and bed sores;
- Manifestations of poor glycemic control;
- Urinary tract infections resulting from catheter use;
- Vascular catheter-associated infections;
- Surgical site infection following coronary artery bypass graft, bariatric surgery, or orthopedic procedures in the spine, neck, elbow, and shoulder; and
- Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis
These hospital-acquired conditions are referred to as “never errors” because the errors are simply so terrible and preventable that they never should have happened. When these errors do occur, catastrophic injuries and even fatalities may result. Such cases are incredibly difficult for injury victims and their families primarily because the negligent acts and omissions would have been prevented with the use of ordinary care.
Victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for the negligence of their medical provider. Such compensation may include damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and inconvenience.
If you believe you may have a claim for medical malpractice, please contact either Robert E. Byrne, Jr. or Kirk D. Becchi, the Charlottesville and Harrisonburg VA medical malpractice lawyer of MartinWren, P.C. We can meet with you or your loved one at a time and place that is convenient for you and review your case and address your concerns. Let our medical malpractice lawyer Charlottesville VA looks to help you or your loved one find some answers during this difficult and stressful time.
Surgical Errors Are a Form of Medical Malpractice
A surgical error is a preventable mistake made during surgery. Surgeries typically involve an element of risk. That is why patients sign an informed consent document before surgery—they confirm that they understand the risks. Yet, surgical errors can be unexpected and go beyond the known risks of surgery, leading to harm, injury, or worsening of a patient’s condition. If you think you have suffered harm because of a surgical error, contact a medical malpractice lawyer in Charlottesville VA from MartinWren, P.C.
Why Do Surgical Errors Occur?
Surgeries carry an inherent risk of harm. No two procedures are the same, as no two patients are the same. Both surgical errors and the underlying causes of the errors offer unique challenges. However, there are common reasons for surgical errors that may include:
A surgeon may be inexperienced in performing a particular procedure or may simply lack the skill to execute a procedure.
Surgeons work long hours and often have multiple patients scheduled for procedures on any given shift. Fatigue is quite common. Tired surgeons may be more likely to make mistakes than well-rested ones.
Sometimes surgeons may not be as careful as they should be to ensure a patient isn’t harmed. They may neglect standard protocols, such as surgical instrument sterilization, or could use surgical equipment that is known to be defective
Insufficient Preoperative Planning
Surgeons should be well-prepared for surgery. This can include reviewing procedures and protocols and preparing for any potential complications. Nurses and assistants should ensure proper preparation as well—such as making sure that all the necessary equipment is available and ready when the surgeon needs it.
Failure to ensure proper communication can often result in critical errors. A surgeon may engage the wrong site or the wrong patient for surgery or fail to confirm that all surgical equipment is handy. There can also be miscommunication about medications and their correct dosages.
Improper Work Process
Surgeons may make the mistake of thinking that taking specific steps during surgery is unnecessary. Taking shortcuts can be very damaging to surgical patients.
Drugs or Alcohol
Surgeons are unhealthy, too. Some turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with the stress they face or give them the stamina to sustain themselves during long shifts. Although it sounds shocking, surgeons have been known to perform surgical procedures under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Am I a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
If you think a surgical error you’ve experienced constitutes medical malpractice, turn to a medical malpractice lawyer in Charlottesville VA in your local area for help. Navigating the legal process of medical malpractice on your own may lead to mistakes and omissions, adversely affecting the outcome. A Charlottesville VA medical malpractice lawyer can advocate for you in negotiations, hearings, and in court in front of a judge and jury.
The help of a qualified and credentialed attorney can not only make a difference in whether you win the case or not, but it can also make a difference in the amount of financial compensation you receive. If you’ve been injured by a surgical error, you deserve that compensation. Set up a consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer Charlottesville VA clients recommend from MartinWren, P.C. today.