The Risk of Being Under the Care of a Negligent Medical Professional

The Risk of Being Under the Care of a Negligent Medical Professional

Nov 03

Providing patients with timely and correct diagnosis and prescribing to them the correct and effective medication is the kind of quality service doctors and other health care providers owe their patients. The list of patients include pregnant women and their unborn child who are under the care of an OB/GYN (Obstetrician/Gynecologist), whose duty is to provide mothers-to-be with the medical care that they and their baby need. While some doctors do commit mistakes during treatment of their patient/s, so long as these mistakes are minor and cause no harm to patients, then these may be tolerated; mistakes that cause harm, however, are different since these may be causes of medical malpractice lawsuits where a doctor or any other medical personnel who committed the mistake may be named as defendant.

Medical malpractice is a real and growing concern in many US states. One basis of lawsuits if the sub-par medical treatment provided to patients – below standard quality care, due to negligence or carelessness that often result to patient harm.

Errors in the medical filed (which lead to medical malpractice) not only result to the worsening of the original health complaint, but also to additional injuries and, sometimes, even to untimely death. Due to these errors, the patient and his/her family are often left with greater sufferings, physically and financially-wise.

One of the worst effects of medical errors is injury to a new born. A severely painful reality to every family, a birth injury can instantly turn a couple’s life from joy-filled to severely painful. Birth injuries include newborn infections, brain and spinal damage, brachial plexus or erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, facial paralysis (any part of the face, maybe temporary or permanent), subconjunctival hemorrhage (rupture of small blood vessels in the eyes), cephalohematoma (hemorrhage between the bone and its covering which usually occurs in the head) and caput succedaneum (where the head’s soft tissue swells during delivery).

While it is true that these birth injuries can pose permanent damage and make a child and his/her family’s life miserable, it is also true that these injuries can be prevented; all it requires is enough care on the part of the doctor during the concerned woman’s pregnancy and delivery. This is because birth injuries are, most likely than not, results of negligence.

As explained by the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, doctors should take their responsibility seriously at all times in order to ensure that no unnecessary errors are made that could place the health or safety of patients at risk. When medical professionals fail to live up to these standards, patients can suffer serious consequences. Due to this, the law allows for victims of medical errors to take action against those responsible for their unnecessary suffering through a medical malpractice claim.