When you got to a doctor or hospital, you expect them to be competent and to treat your condition or injury correctly. This is, after all, what you are paying them to do! Like a lot of other professions, Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and other medical professionals have standards of care which they must adhere to and they carry professional liability insurance coverage for when they make mistakes.
When these medical professionals make mistakes, people can suffer very serious injuries and die. These injuries range from minor problems like loss of use of a finger to catastrophic brain injury and death.
Our office can evaluate your medical malpractice negligence claim and advise you on what to do next. This practice area covers a wide range of injuries/accidents such as the following:
- Failure to Diagnose
- Surgical Errors
- Prescription Errors
- Fall Injuries
- Bed Sores
- Wrong Body Part Surgery
- Wrong Limb Amputations
- Allergic Reactions
- Birth Injuries
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases in Mississippi
Heart Attack, Stroke, and Aneurysm Cases
The most common type of case we see in our office is where a hospital emergency room fails to diagnose a stroke or other cardiovascular injury like a heart attack or aneurysm. It is a mystery to me why so many people are sent home when they should be admitted for further evaluation. We recommend folks be proactive in their care when it comes to any medical condition but with strokes and other cardiovascular injuries, time is not on your side and seeking a second opinion immediately is something to seriously consider if you are concerned a doctor missed something. Seek a second opinion immediately if you suspect a stroke or other cardiovascular injury and the doctor disagrees.
Cancer Medical Malpractice Cases
Another common case type we see is when doctors fail to diagnose a condition correctly or miss a diagnosis completely. For example, if someone has a colonoscopy, the doctor is looking for abnormalities in order to give a patient a clean bill of health or make other recommendations for their care. If the doctor fails to notice a lesion or malignancy and gives a patient a clean bill of health, that doctor may be liable for missing the diagnosis if the situation is made worse because of the misdiagnosis.
Joint Reconstruction Mistake Cases
We have seen some interesting situations in these joint repair cases.. In one instance, we had a client where the doctor attempted to put a rod into a leg that already had a rod in it. In another case, the knee replacement was out of plumb by over 30 degrees and gave the person a terrible limp. And there are numerous situations concerning joint replacements breaking or separating from the surgical cement used to secure the implants.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Our most vulnerable citizens are our children and our elderly. Many nursing homes do fine work and take wonderful care of their patients, but many don’t. And, I’m regularly horrified by the poor care we hear about in Mississippi nursing homes. To put it bluntly, it’s appalling and almost always preventable.
The problem as we see it, many nursing homes are in this business strictly for the money they get from the government and they cut corners every chance they get. Cutting corners, like cutting staff to save money, leads to patient injuries and deaths. Often, these injuries can be traced directly to some cost cutting measure taken by the corporation running the nursing home.
Common Errors in Nursing Homes
- Failure to Alert Physicians
- Failure to Monitor Vitals
- Bed Sores
- Medication Errors
- Bug Infestations (ants, bedbugs, lice)
Medication errors happen regularly in hospitals but are easily prevented with proper training of staff and protocols. Sometimes, there is no harm when a person gets the wrong medicine or the wrong dose but other times it kills them or causes a serious injury.
Surgeries are never routine and always carry a risk. We don’t hear a lot of complaints about unnecessary or inappropriate surgeries unless something goes very wrong. For example, if someone has a gallbladder out unnecessarily, no one is going to complain unless there is a surgical error that causes things to go wrong because we can all live without a gallbladder. On the other hand, when a doctor recommends and performs and unnecessary surgery, often for the money, and commits other malpractice in the process, that Doctor needs to be held accountable so that he/she does not do it again to another unsuspecting patient. We have heard lots of anecdotal stories about doctors performing gallbladder surgery because they are lower risk and the doctors get paid well for doing them.
Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis
Some of the saddest cases we hear about are “failure to diagnose” cases where a doctor or nurse practitioner failed to diagnose something early enough to save someone’s life. The most common “failure to diagnose” cases we see are where medical professionals fail to diagnose cancer until after it’s too late to save the persons life. The injury here is compounded because of the trust placed in medical professionals is shattered for the patient and their family.
Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Cases
We discussed many of these same issues throughout this page but simply put, there are many, many things that a doctor can do, or fail to do, that can lead to a person’s death. These are preventable errors and doctors and medical personnel must be held accountable to prevent further injury. These errors range from medication errors to the actual cutting of an artery during surgery and causing the person to bleed to death.
Compensation in a Medical Malpractice Claim in Mississippi
- Economic Damages
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earnings capacity
- Non-economic damages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Perhaps more than any other type of case, a lay person must hire a lawyer to pursue a claim. I cannot imagine a scenario where I would advise anyone to do otherwise because of the expense and complexity of these cases. It is a very specialized area of practice and there are very few lawyers in the state of Mississippi that possess the proper skills to handle a medical malpractice claim alone. We work with several lawyers who are very skilled medical malpractice attorneys who can navigate this complex area of law very skillfully.
Benefits of Hiring Roberts Wilson to Handle Your Medical Malpractice Claim
When you hire Roberts Wilson, P.A., you get attentive, local attorneys and staff who bring a skilled team together to handle your medical malpractice claim with care. These are complex cases that require time, money and attention to pursue. We are here in your community and know the lay of the land, including, how best to advise you with regard to how you should proceed.