When a person thinks of medical malpractice, he or she typically thinks of a patient in a hospital who does not receive the medical care that he or she needs – whether it is obstetrical negligence during a birth or surgical malpractice during a medical procedure or the failure to properly treat during an emergency.
But since medical malpractice happens any time a doctor or health care provider fails to provide the appropriate standard of care and the patient is injured as a result, medical malpractice happens in a number of situations and scenarios that extend beyond the hospital walls. For instance, medical malpractice can also happen in the following non-hospital situations:
- Nursing Home Abuse. Millions of Americans currently reside in nursing homes and, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, a study conducted in 2000 found that, out of the 2,000 nursing home residents included in the study, 44% said they had been abused and 95% said they had been neglected or seen another resident neglected while in a nursing home. Serious injuries and accidents can happen as a result of nursing home abuse and neglect, including bedsores, falls, and medication errors.
- Diagnostic Errors. Misdiagnosis is the most common type of medical error, with an estimated 10 to 20 percent of medical malpractice cases involved a diagnostic error. Often times, a patient will see his or her doctor for a general office visit to discuss symptoms. When the doctor fails to properly diagnose the patient, serious injuries and medical complications can result. In fact, according to a 2009 report, 28 percent of 583 diagnostic mistakes reported anonymously by doctors were life-threatening or had resulted in death or permanent disability.
- Medication errors. If a doctor fails to prescribe the correct drug or dosage, or a pharmacist incorrectly fills a prescription, the patient may suffer from an adverse drug reaction, which can range from mild to severe and even deadly.
Regardless of whether a medical error happens in a hospital, in the doctor’s office, or in a nursing home, a medical malpractice claim is complex and difficult to pursue. The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish focus in helping the victims of all types of medical malpractice obtain the maximum financial recovery to which they are entitled.
If you suspect that you might have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact the Chicago injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim.