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Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpracticeAccording to data from the National Practitioners Data Bank there have been $3.6 billion in payouts throughout 2012 and a total of 12,142 payouts, which equates to one every 43 minutes.

In any case, a health care provider may be found responsible for medical malpractice if the victim is able to prove that their health care provider did not meet the standard of care appropriate for their profession. There are several reasons a medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed and our experienced attorneys are here to assist all individuals in need of legal guidance.

At Harbin & Burnett, our medical malpractice lawyers believe that if a health care provider fails to meet the standard of appropriate care, thus causing harm to an innocent individual, that provider must be held accountable for their actions and pay for the losses and damages they have caused.

Begin exploring your legal options here by completing the Free Case Evaluation to the right.

Birth Injuries

In the case that a medical professional provides a service that is considered to be below the acceptable standard of care while giving birth, thus resulting in birthing injuries, can be considered to be a type of medical malpractice. Some birth injuries include:

  • Bone Fractures
  • Brain Damage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Fetal Death

If you suspect that a birth injury has occurred due to medical malpractice, our attorneys welcome you to contact our firm to speak about these injuries.

Diagnosis Errors

Properly diagnosing a patient is an essential part of a health care providers duty. Therefore, when a health care provider fails to diagnose their patient, it may result in a misdiagnosis. Some types of misdiagnosis include:

  • Failure to diagnose a heart attack
  • Failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism
  • Failure to diagnose a stroke
  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis
  • Failure to diagnose cancer
  • Failure to recognize meningitis
  • Misdiagnosis of diabetes

Following a misdiagnosis, our attorneys recommend gathering documentation of the diagnosis and contacting our law firm as soon as possible.

Prescription Drug Errors

Various statistics have indicated that nearly 1.5 MILLION prescription drug errors occur every year in the United States. In fact, prescription drug errors are often fatal to the victim, especially in the case of an allergic reaction or overdose. Some common prescription drug errors include:

  • Defective or dangerous medications
  • Failure to foresee complications
  • Illegal prescriptions
  • Incorrect dosage
  • Incorrect medication

Prescription drug errors may occur at many different levels from doctors, physicians, nursing staff, and healthcare staff to pharmacists, marketers, and manufacturers of the actual drugs.

Surgical Errors

Performing surgery is a very touchy procedure, while the life of a person rests in the hands of the surgeon or machine. These injuries may be to the internal organs, blood loss, puncture wounds, or an instrument was left inside the body. Some surgical errors include:

  • Damage to organs
  • Further surgeries
  • Immune system failure
  • Infection
  • Wrongful death

Surgical errors occur more than we might expect and can result in severe injuries and possible death to the victims.

Unnecessary Surgeries

An unnecessary surgery is usually a product of a diagnosis error. These procedures may threaten the lives of those undergoing surgery and are completely unnecessary. Some common unnecessary surgical procedures include:

  • Cesarean section
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Pacemaker implants

When an unnecessary surgery occurs, our attorneys believe that the victim should not be responsible for any payments and should receive compensation for any losses that have occurred.

Contact Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today

When patients put their trust in health care providers, we expect them to provide us with the highest level of care in order to protect us from further harm. Unfortunately, this may cause further harm when a medical error takes place. The lawyers at Harbin & Burnett believe that if a person suffers from further injury due to a negligent medical professional, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages.

With our office located in Anderson, South Carolina, our attorneys are able to serve throughout the entire area and elsewhere needed. Some locations our attorneys serve include:

  • Anderson
  • Spartanburg
  • Simpsonville
  • Seneca
  • Piedmont
  • Greenville
  • Powdersville
  • Pickens
  • Travelers Rest
  • Easley
  • Mauldin

Of course, our lawyers also serve throughout the entire state of South Carolina and elsewhere needed. To begin exploring your legal options, we welcome you to contact us at 864-964-0333 or complete the Free Case Evaluation form located at the top of this page today.

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