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Joliet personal injury lawyerAlthough babies are born every day, complications during childbirth can result in serious to fatal injuries. Even if a woman is not considered high risk and has a pregnancy without any medical issues, problems can sometimes occur during labor and delivery if she is not closely monitored. If delivering at a hospital, medical staff have a duty of care to keep the mother and baby safe. However, when there is a lapse in judgment or training, medical mistakes or errors can be made. This may be considered medical malpractice or negligence if birth injuries occur as a result. If you or your child suffered an injury during childbirth, it is important to determine liability and hold the appropriate parties accountable. A reputable medical malpractice attorney can help you pursue a personal injury claim. 

Life-Threatening Complications

In the United States, statistics show that hundreds of women die during childbirth every year. Just as concerning is the alarming rate of serious maternal injuries, referred to as severe maternal morbidity. Affecting mothers in over 1 percent of all births, or approximately 50,000 cases every year, these injuries may be caused if medical staff does not take proper precautions or actions to ensure the safety of the baby and mother. 

Serious complications that can harm the mother while she is giving birth may include:

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Joliet medical malpractice attorneyYou may not think they happen very often, but medication errors are more common than you might want to believe. In some cases, a patient may not even realize one has taken place if he or she does not have any adverse side effects. However, some medical mistakes can have devastating consequences. A 2016 Johns Hopkins study estimated that approximately 250,000 people die annually due to medical errors. These prescription drug errors can occur for various reasons. In certain situations, a physician, hospital, or pharmacy may be held liable for any injuries suffered as a result of this form of medical negligence. 

Common Types of Medication Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, but sometimes the results can cause debilitating injuries or even fatalities. The most common types of pharmaceutical errors made by a physician or a pharmacist include:

  • Prescribing a patient the wrong medicine

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Joliet medical malpractice attorneyNobody really wants to undergo surgery, but in most cases, it is the only viable solution to fix a problem or injury from which a person is suffering. In these situations, the patient puts his or her trust in the doctors and medical staff. Medical professionals have a legal duty of care to their patients, and if they breach that duty, it may be considered negligence or malpractice. If you or your loved one was hurt during a medical procedure of any kind, an experienced personal injury attorney can help determine liability and seek compensation for your damages. Depending on the circumstances, a physician may not be the only defendant in a lawsuit—the hospital administration, attending residents, and medical students can also be found liable.  

Types of Medical Mistakes

Although most people do not like to think they happen, surgical errors do occur. Various factors can cause them, including not verifying patient information, miscommunication between doctors, and lack of protocol. Regardless of the reasons for the errors, they can cause serious injury and even irreparable harm to a patient. A few of the most common mistakes that can take place during surgery include but are not limited to the following:

  • Wrong body part: Even though it may be difficult to comprehend, the incorrect body part is sometimes operated on. A mix-up in a patient’s records can lead medical personnel to indicate the wrong leg or arm for surgery. 

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Will County personal injury lawyers

When you receive medical treatment or undergo surgery, you expect to receive the best possible care, including all necessary safety precautions and procedures. Unfortunately, that does not always occur. According to a Johns Hopkins study, more than 250,000 Americans die each year due to medical errors, while many thousands more are seriously injured, including long-term and permanent disabilities.

Many of these accidents are due to the negligence of medical staff and physicians, known legally as medical malpractice. Improperly trained staff and errors in judgment or care cause many injuries that severely impact an individual’s quality of life. If this happened to you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation your family deserves.

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