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Surgical Errors Are Medical Malpractice

By Brown Moore

May 10, 2019

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We trust those in the medical field because most of us know little to nothing about the human body. Sure some of us may have a hobby of binge-watching hospital dramas but would have no clue what to do in a real emergency room. We get it. People go to school for years to invest their time in helping people get better. Even though doctors and other health care providers vow to keep the best interest of people first, the truth is, not all health care providers are interested in keeping people healthy. Just because you got the degree, does not mean you should practice with your degree. Just because you work in a hospital does not mean that the health care providers care.

Our Charlotte Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Brown Moore & Associates know first hand the trauma and pain that goes along with an injury due to medical malpractice. When someone goes into the hospital for pain, they shouldn’t leave in more pain. Yet, doctors and health care providers fail to meet the needs of patients every day.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is defined as an injury caused by the negligence of the health care provider. Here some examples of medical malpractice:

  • Failure to diagnose a serious condition
  • Misdiagnose a serious condition
  • Surgical errors
  • Failing to respond in a timely manner
  • Failure to appropriately discharge
  • Prescribe the wrong medication or wrong dosage
  • Failing to avoid birth injury
  • Negligent care by providing wrong medical records

The list provided is not exhaustive. More situations prove that negligent behavior led to a more severe or new injury. A medical staff has a duty to treat patients with a certain standard of care. If that duty is breached then patients have the right to sue for compensation. Medical staff and health care providers are well aware of errors. Hospitals plan for error by purchasing medical malpractice insurance. Do not fear filing a claim. Instead, think of it as standing up for yourself and taking steps to prevent others from getting injured the same way.

Surgery Gone Wrong

A woman was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy. The doctor suggested surgery to remove the fallopian tube. The woman agreed because doctors should know best. The operation was set but did not go as planned. During surgery, there was an injury to her bowel that went unnoticed. This lead to her going into sepsis. Because the medical staff did not treat her for the bowel injury quick enough, gangrene spread to her hands and feet. The woman is now an amputee and suing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority as well as several doctors.

What To Do

Hospitals and health care providers make mistakes. But when they make a mistake, it can cause severe damage and sometimes result in death. If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury due to the negligence of some health care provider, our Charlotte Medical Malpractice Attorneys are here for you. Call 800-948-0577 or click here to start a free conversation with our professional attorneys at Brown Moore & Associates in Charlotte today.