Why Does Medical Malpractice Occur?
Generally, when we pay a visit to the doctor, we expect to receive proper care and treatment that will not endanger our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and patients sometimes sustain injuries as a result of substandard medical care that, in some cases, result in fatalities. If you or a loved one was harmed by the negligent actions of a doctor or other medical professional, you have a right to pursue fair and just legal compensation. Do not hesitate to reach out to an aggressive and experienced medical malpractice attorney to fight on your behalf.
You might be wondering how such egregious errors are made, especially in an industry that is focused on helping patients stay healthy. Below is a list of some of the most common reasons why medical malpractice occurs:
- Healthcare worker fatigue: It is not uncommon for healthcare staff to be overworked, often having to take up extended shifts, resulting in fatigue. Unsurprisingly, studies have shown that healthcare workers who are sleep deprived are far more likely to make medical errors than those who are able to get enough rest in between shifts. A study in 2003 found that medical interns who worked shifts in excess of 80 hours had a 61% increase in needlestick injuries.
- Failing to obtain informed consent: Patients must be informed of the risks associated with a treatment or procedure that is recommended to them, so they are able to decide whether or not the benefits outweigh those risks. When doctors treat patients without informing them of these risks, they demonstrate an extreme disregard for the patient’s right to make that choice with the proper information.
- Inadequate diagnosis: Whether it be a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis, these are both potentially life-threatening errors that a medical professional can make. These mistakes might be made due to a lack of experience, knowledge, a failure to order the proper tests, or a failure to properly interpret test results. Regardless of the cause, you have a right to hold the responsible party accountable for the injuries you sustain as a result.
- Surgical errors: These errors can occur for numerous reasons, all of which are related to medical negligence, including a failure to practice proper preoperative care, failing to account for a pre-existing condition, not following established procedures, failing to provide proper self-care instructions for the patient, and failing to adequately initialize the surgical site prior to operating. Surgical errors are some of the most egregious and can lead to life-altering injuries that could even result in loss of life.
Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Tulsa
If you sustained injuries that were caused by a negligent medical professional’s actions, you need to obtain the skilled legal assistance of a medical malpractice attorney to ensure you are able to secure fair and just compensation. At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC, our medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal assistance and will do what it takes to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligent actions.
Get started on your medical malpractice case today and reach out to our law office at (918) 347-6456 to request your free initial case evaluation. You will not owe us any legal fees unless we are able to win your case.