They’ve pledged to “do no harm.” And, yes, mistakes do happen. However, when a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional’s negligence causes you injury, you may be able to file a personal injury medical malpractice lawsuit to collect damages to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering and more.
The truth is that preventable medical mistakes are on the rise throughout the United States. In fact, it can be hard to hear the sobering facts. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the nation, falling in just behind cancer and heart disease.
Further, a prestigious medical journal reports that over 440,000 patients lose their lives because of preventable mistakes made in hospitals by doctors and nurses and other workers each year. The Journal of Patient Safety’s 2014 study says tens of thousands of people are victims of wrongful death caused by medical malpractice in the country.
Richard M. Lewis is a compassionate, yet aggressive, lawyer who always puts his clients first in Athens, Gallia, Jackson counties and Ross. He fights for good people, like you and your family, who have suffered at the hands of negligent medical professionals. He has collected millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients and you can rely on the fact that he will work hard to get you the compensation and justice you need, want and deserve.
Common medical mistakes made in Gallia, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton Counties in Ohio:
When a doctor mistakenly operates on the wrong body part or makes any mistake during surgery, the resulting injuries can be disastrous.
If a physician makes any preventable medical error during the course of your care, either during your treatment or follow-up appointments, you can hold them responsible for the injuries their negligent behavior caused.
If you are prescribed the wrong medicine, or given an incorrect dosage of a drug, you can suffer life-altering injuries.
Misdiagnosed Diagnostic Tests:
If the radiologist failed to read your x-rays, CAT scan, MRI or any other test correctly, and your condition was subsequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, you will likely not get the necessary treatment you need.
If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia or any other birth-related injury, we may be able to hold the healthcare professional responsible for your child’s condition.
You have a right to expect high-quality, attentive care from your obstetrician, labor and delivery nurse and any other medical professional involved in your prenatal, postnatal or labor and delivery care. Failure to properly monitor the pregnant woman can result in serious injury to the mother and baby. This type of negligence can lead to the baby suffering a condition such as spina bifida. Other conditions, such as placental abruption, left undiagnosed can cause serious injury to the unborn child.
If you were given the wrong type or amount of anesthesia during a surgical procedure, the result can be brain or nerve damage, paralysis, stroke, coma and even wrongful death.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer
(or misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer): Detected at the earliest stages, most cancers are treatable. However, if the doctor failed to diagnose your condition, misdiagnosed it to be something else, or treatment was delayed because the doctor didn’t diagnose your tumor early enough, you may suffer serious complications and injuries. Worse, wrongful death is a common result of failure to diagnose cancer.
Health Facility Negligence:
One in every 25 people admitted to hospitals in the United States contracts an infection, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Failure to Diagnose Conditions:
Obviously, in order to get the treatment you need, your medical professionals must diagnose your illness or injury in a timely manner and prescribe the correct treatment. Failure to diagnose a condition, whether heart attack or cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, a serious illness or any other ailment, can have life-changing consequences – including wrongful death.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations: Don’t Wait to File Your Lawsuit!
Time may be running out to file your medical malpractice claim. The State of Ohio poses deadlines for filing a lawsuit if you were injured in a healthcare facility or by a healthcare professional. Depending on the type of injury, the age of the victim, and the circumstances of the alleged malpractice, you have between one and four years to file – from the day the injury occurred.
These statutes of limitations are up for interpretation based on your particular situation. Speak to an attorney who can explain your rights and deadlines for filing as they relate to your case. Mr. Lewis is particularly knowledgeable about medical malpractice laws and deadlines for filing these types of personal injury lawsuits. Put his experience to work for your family.
Contact a Savvy, Knowledgeable Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Chillicothe, Ohio Today for a Free Consultation About Your Injuries
Accidents happen and people make mistakes. But you and your family shouldn’t have to suffer emotionally, physically or financially because a healthcare professional was negligent in performing their duties and made a mistake that could have been prevented.
the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis in Jackson today for a free consultation. We will listen to your story and review your records. There are no upfront legal fees and we work on contingency. That means that if we do not collect damages for you, you don’t pay anything for our legal representation. You have nothing to lose but the time it takes to discuss your case. Call today, don’t suffer in silence for another moment. Help, and hope, is one call away.
MISDIAGNOSIS AND FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE CANCER LAWYERS
Seasoned Medical Malpractice Attorney Helps Victims of Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer in Jackson, Wellston, Vinton and across Southern Ohio
Learning you or someone you love has cancer is often enough to stop you cold in your tracks. Just thinking about the path ahead — surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and more to (hopefully) combat the illness — can be overwhelming. As terrifying as it may be to learn you have cancer, it’s nothing compared to what it feels like to be completely misdiagnosed. Imagine not being able to receive potentially life-saving medical intervention.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a delayed cancer diagnosis, a misdiagnosis or, worse yet, a failure to diagnose the cancer at all, you need to hire a medical malpractice lawyer
who will hold the negligent medical professionals responsible for their potentially catastrophic mistake. At the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, we understand how you are feeling and will fight, tirelessly, to get you the substantial damages and justice you deserve.
Common Reasons Medical Professionals Fail to Properly Diagnose Cancer
Modern medicine has made diagnosing most cancers easier than it’s ever been before. Specialized tests that can detect cancerous cells at the earliest stages make a cancer diagnosis far less likely to be a death sentence. The key to a positive diagnosis, however, lies with early detection and expedient treatment. Medical experts agree that early diagnosis is directly linked to the chances of survival. This is because the earlier cancer is detected, the more treatment options may be available. Additionally, in most cases, the size of the tumor is likely smaller and perhaps operable.
Diagnostic Mistakes Regarding Cancer Include:
- Failure to Recognize and Suspect Cancer Based on Common Symptoms
- Failure to Order the Proper Tests
- Failure to Properly Interpret Test Results
- Delay in Performing the Appropriate Tests
- Failure to Follow Up on Suspicious Test Results
- Failure to Order the Proper Course of Treatment
- Treating for a Condition other than the Correct One
In fact, if a pap smear, a mammogram, a colonoscopy, chest x-rays and CT Scans, and PSA screenings are misinterpreted, cervical cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer tumors can be allowed to spread beyond the initial diseased organ. Metastatic cancer is especially dangerous because once the cancer spreads, it may be quite difficult to treat and control. The result of a mistake in diagnosing cancer is often, unfortunately, wrongful death.
Contact a Knowledgeable Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today about Your Cancer Misdiagnosis
You have a right to expect high-quality treatment from your chosen healthcare professionals. And, while doctors and nurses are not infallible, failing to correctly diagnose a serious condition like cancer, stroke, a heart attack, diabetes or any other treatable illness is often cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
At the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, we have collected millions of dollars on behalf of victims of cancer misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose cancer and delayed diagnosis of a variety of serious medical conditions. We will thoroughly investigate what happened, review all medical records and seek to hold the negligent parties responsible for your pain and suffering.
Contact us today
for a free consultation about your case. We accept all Southern Ohio personal injury cases on contingency. There are no upfront legal fees and we don’t get paid unless we collect damages for you. Call today so we can get started putting our 30 years of experience to work for you and your family.