When you think about medical malpractice, what comes to mind? Most people think of something going wrong while under the care of a doctor, such as:
- A surgical error
- A medication error
While these are all prime examples of the types of situations that can lead to a medical malpractice claim, there are other lesser-known examples as well.
Individuals who have been injured while under the care of another medical professional (such as a chiropractor, dentist or psychologist) should discuss their legal options with a medical malpractice attorney.
Substandard medical care can result in a new injury, reinjury, progression of a disease or other adverse effects. All medical professionals should be held accountable when their substandard care results in injury.
Did you know? According to an article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.
More and more women are choosing to deliver their babies at home. Midwives play an integral part in facilitating home births. But not every pregnancy is well-suited for a home birth. And not all midwives meet the qualifications and licensing requirements.
If your baby was born with a birth injury or if you suffered complications because of midwife negligence, you should talk to a lawyer. Midwives must be held accountable for their actions when a baby or a mother is injured during pregnancy, labor or delivery.
Few people look forward to a trip to the dentist. Even when everything goes right, the experience is generally not a pleasant one. But when a dentist makes a mistake, the results can be physically and emotionally devastating.
Examples of dental malpractice include:
- Injury or damage to nerves
- Injury or damage to a tooth, the jaw, gums, etc.
- Pulling the wrong tooth
- Improper use or administration of numbing medications
- Errors concerning root canals, crowns, bridges or other dental procedures
Dental malpractice can result in serious injury, infection, deformity and other adverse effects. When a dentist provides negligent care, the victim may be eligible for compensation.
Mental Health Malpractice
Millions of Americans depend on mental health professionals to help manage and treat such mental health conditions as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and other conditions. These professionals also help patients through challenges in life: divorce, the death of a loved one, relationship problems, etc.
Mental health professionals have an obligation to act in the best interests of patients. When they fail to do so, they can be held accountable. Examples of mental health malpractice include:
- Disclosure of a patient's personal information (breach of privacy)
- Medication errors
- Emotional manipulation of a patient
- Engaging in a sexual relationship with a patient
An emotional injury can be just as debilitating as a physical injury. Victims of psychiatric malpractice should feel empowered to take legal action against a negligent provider.
If you have experienced mental health malpractice - or if you have lost a loved one to suicide due to psychiatric malpractice - talk to a medical malpractice lawyer about your options.
Physical Therapist Malpractice
Physical therapy can be an effective way to heal, strengthen and rehabilitate the body. Many people see a physical therapist after an injury or surgery.
Unfortunately, physical therapists can make mistakes that can impede healing or cause new and serious injuries. Examples of physical therapist malpractice include:
- Failure to supervise patients during exercise
- Failure to teach patients safe ways to exercise
- Failure to maintain exercise equipment
- Dropping a patient during exercise
- Recommending exercises that are not safe for a patient
- Sexual assault of a patient
Physical therapy is supposed to help, not hurt you. If you have been injured during physical therapy, talk to an attorney.
Many people can benefit from chiropractic care. In rare but serious cases, spinal adjustments and other chiropractic techniques can aggravate an existing injury or lead to serious new injuries such as:
- Disk herniations
- Broken bones and ribs
- Nerve damage
Often, chiropractors perform spinal manipulations without seeing patients' X-rays or MRIs. They apply a one-size-fits-all adjustment approach that may be dangerous for people with certain types of spinal cord or back injuries. They may recommend stretches that are not safe for certain people.
If you have been injured by a chiropractor, do not hesitate to talk to an attorney. You put your trust in your chiropractor. When something goes wrong, it is comforting to know that help is available.
What To Do If You Have Experienced Medical Malpractice
You sought help from a medical provider. You put your faith in him or her, seeking relief from an ailment or injury. When the unexpected happens - an injury, reinjury, birth injury, suicide - you deserve to have a committed legal advocate on your side.
The Donahey Law Firm offers a free consultation to discuss a potential medical malpractice injury claim. We understand that you may have many questions about what happened to you. You probably won't get answers from your medical provider, so we urge you to take advantage of our free consultation to speak to one of our attorneys.
We have five offices across Ohio and Kentucky or we can come to you.