When health care goes wrong, the consequences can be devastating. When a loved one dies due to substandard medical care, most people would want to hold somebody responsible. Have you experienced such a tragedy? If certified medical staff failed to comply with accepted standards of care, you might have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

A myriad of errors can occur, including birth injuries, medication errors, misdiagnoses, infections, neglect and abuse — all of which are preventable medical mistakes. Responsible parties could include the staff of hospitals and other medical facilities, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, nurses, and other individuals or entities. The primary areas of medical malpractice include the following:

Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis

This form of error can lead to various medical conditions that could leave a patient severely ill or even lead to death. The consequences of a delayed or incorrect diagnosis can result in the following:

  • Cardiac attack or disease
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Gynecological conditions
  • Internal bleeding
  • Diabetes
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Infection
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Psychiatric disorder or other health problems.

Emergency room errors

A significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits follow emergency room errors every year. Here are just some of the specific examples of these errors:

  • Incorrect prescriptions for medication
  • Failing to order the necessary tests
  • Failing to monitor the patient’s progress
  • Negligent nursing
  • Laboratory errors
  • Delaying treatment or failing to treat a patient
  • Poor communication
  • Administrative errors
  • Inadequate training or too few attending staff members
  • Failing to admit a patient or discharging the patient too soon

Surgical malpractice

This might be the scariest area of all because you know that your loved one may never wake up again after anesthesia. Surgical mistakes can have devastating consequences, and these mistakes can include any of the following:

  • An allergic reaction to surgical medication that could have been prevented
  • Incorrect surgical techniques and methods
  • Errors during the administration of the anesthetic
  • Failing to monitor the patient’s vital statistics during surgery
  • Blood clots forming after or during surgery
  • Internal organ damage
  • Unnecessary surgical procedures
  • Infections resulting from negligent procedures during and after surgery

Filing a wrongful death claim due to medical malpractice

Although you may seek financial relief after losing a loved one under such tragic circumstances, this can be a complicated area of the law. The burden of proof will be on you and your legal counsel to prove negligence in a wrongful death civil lawsuit. Claimable damages may include emotional losses such as love, companionship and support along with economic losses like financial support, end-of-life expenses, costs of medical care and more.