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Common Medical Malpractice Injuries

The Central Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Dean Burnetti Law provide professional Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, and Dental Malpractice Attorney Legal Services in Polk County, including: Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Haines City, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven; in Hillsborough County, including: Brandon, Tampa, Riverview, Valrico, and Plant City; in Pinellas County, including: Clearwater, St. Pete, Gulfport, Treasure Island, Largo, Oldsmar, Treasure Island; as well as in all of the surrounding Greater Central Florida Areas.

Dean Burnetti Law Discusses Common Medical Malpractice Injuries

While there are numerous types of medical malpractice claims, the vast majority of medical malpractice or medical negligence injuries fall under one of the categories below. Dean Burnetti Law represents all types of medical malpractice and medical negligence victims. Certain Medical Malpractice Injuries occur more frequently than others.  The most common Medical Malpractice Injuries include:

Doctor's Office Medical Injuries:

Delayed Diagnosis – Sometimes a doctor makes an incorrect initial diagnosis.   Even if the patient eventually receives an accurate diagnosis, the delay may cause the medical condition to worsen.  This delay may constitute malpractice if the doctor assessed the patient in a less competent manner than other doctors would have.

Misdiagnosis – A doctor's failure to diagnose the correct illness, injury, or disease may constitute malpractice.  Likewise, when they incorrectly say the patient has no discernible illness, injury, or disease, this may be malpractice. Such a medical misjudgment often prevents the patient from seeking necessary treatment in a timely manner. Unnecessary treatment can further harm erroneously diagnosed patients.

Failure to Treat – When a doctor arrives at the correct diagnosis but fails to recommend adequate treatment, this may constitute medical malpractice.

Prescription Drug Errors – When a doctor makes a mistake in prescribing or administering prescription drugs, this may constitute malpractice. Prescription drug errors include administering the wrong medication and administering the wrong dosage of the correct medication. In some cases, the doctor prescribes the correct medication in the correct dose, but the nurse or physician’s assistant administers the incorrect medication or the wrong dosage.  Sometimes, a prescription drug error includes transposing a decimal point, which can cause dosing that is ten or a hundred times too much or too little of the necessary medication.  Such errors can be fatal.

Hospital and Surgery Center Medical Injuries:

Anesthesia Errors – Anesthesiologist errors can cause a wake of devastation, including brain injuries, blindness, and even death.

Surgical Errors – Medical malpractice due to surgical errors often includes the following:

Hospital acquired infections – Most hospital acquired infections (HAIs) stem from internally inserted medical devices such as ventilators, catheters, or central line IVs.  Of the remaining types of HAIs, the bulk are typically surgical site infections.  Hospital infections often include “C diff”, a source of serious gastrointestinal problems, or MRSA, a fast-acting infection which be fatal. Left untreated, these infections can lead to sepsis. Sepsis is when the bloodstream carries infection throughout the body.  It can lead to septic shock which is often fatal.

Amputation injuries – Wrong side surgeries and amputations occur more frequently than you may think.  Currently, over two million Americans live with some form of amputation, from a partial finger or toe to all four limbs. Reasons for amputations include diabetes, auto accidents, work accidents, hobby accidents, sports accidents, infections, and even medical malpractice.  Up to 3% of amputations each year involve wrong-side surgeries.

Birth Injuries:

Birth injuries – “Birth injury” is a legal term describing damage or injury to an infant before, during, or immediately following birth. Many types of birth injuries include numerous levels of severity. Though some birth injuries are temporary, others last for a lifetime. Moreover, some types of birth injuries are immediately noticeable.  However, other types aren't noticeable until certain developmental mile markers are missed (such as rolling over, crawling, etc.). Some go unnoticed until the child starts school. Birth injuries often require lifelong medical care to the tune of several million dollars.

Brain-Related Birth Injuries:

Oxygen deprivation during the delivery process (“Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy”) causes most brain-related birth injuries.  The most common brain-related birth injuries include:

Muscle and Nerve-Related Birth Injuries:

Diagnostic-Related Birth Injuries:

Other Birth Injuries:

Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Injuries:

Plastic Surgery Injuries and Cosmetic Surgery Injuries – While plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery deal with improving a patient’s physical appearance, the surgeon’s level of training and reasons and goals for patient outcomes are different.  Cosmetic surgery enhances the appearance of the patient.  It includes breast augmentation, facial contouring or facelift, rhinoplasty, Botox treatment, tummy tuck, laser treatment for wrinkles, and liposuction.  Cosmetic surgery training is completed after residency training and post-residency fellowship.

Plastic surgery is reconstructive in nature.  It repairs defects for the purpose of reconstructing a normal appearance or fixing improperly working body parts.  It includes cleft palate repair, burned skin repair, breast reconstruction after trauma such as a mastectomy, scar reduction or revision, and extremity defect repair or reconstruction. Plastic surgeons train in a post-graduate residency program requiring either 3 years of general surgery and 3 years of plastic surgery experience, or a 5-year residency program in general surgery followed by the 3-year plastic surgery residency program.

Common medical problems that arise from both plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery include:

Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Surgical Injuries:

Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Post-Surgery Injuries:

It’s important to note that not all of the above complications qualify as malpractice. Malpractice is only considered when a physician fails to do what other clinicians would do in a similar situation and the result harms the patient.  That’s why it’s important to speak to an attorney as soon as you experience a medical injury.

Other Medical Injuries:

The following bona fide medical complications do not fall under the umbrella of Medical Malpractice.  Therefore, these have a four-year statute of limitations rather than the two years allowed in medical malpractice cases:

Medical Device Product Liability – When a medical device is defectively designed or fails to work as stated, this is not medical malpractice.  It is a legal action against the medical device manufacturer. If the manufacturer of the device knew or reasonably should have known of the product’s defect, they are liable to the victims.

Pharmacy Prescription Drug Errors – If a pharmacy makes a drug error, this is not a medical malpractice.  Such a case would fall under Florida’s personal injury statutes.

Laser Hair Removal Injuries – Laser hair removal can be dangerous when not performed by an experienced technician. Interestingly, a person who performs laser hair removal does not need to hold a medical degree. Laser hair removal injury victims have the right to bring a legal action against the person or establishment who performed their procedure. If a doctor was involved, their case would fall under Florida’s medical malpractice statutes. If no medical facility was involved, it would fall under Florida’s personal injury laws. Common laser hair removal injuries include:

If you were injured or if a loved one was killed by Medical Malpractice, Dental Malpractice, or Medical Negligence, you have the right to a qualified attorney who is skilled in Florida's complex malpractice law and is knowledgeable about your type of injuries. Call (863) 287-6388 in Polk County or (813) 287-6388 in Hillsborough County or Pinellas County today to schedule a free confidential consultation with an experienced Medical Malpractice lawyer at Dean Burnetti Law.

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