Every year hundreds of thousands of people are injured or die from medical malpractice, making this one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates handles a variety of medical malpractice claims including:
Anesthesia error: Everyday anesthesia errors occur in doctor's offices, surgical centers, and hospitals. While most of these mistakes can easily be corrected without any noticeable injuries to patients, some of these mistakes wind up causing severe injuries or death for patients. Anesthesiologists and anesthetists play a vital role with surgeries, including providing pain relief and controlling the patients breathing, heart rate, and other vital life functions. While most people fear surgery itself, they rarely ever give any thought to an anesthesia mistake which can place the patient in serious danger.
Brain Injury: A traumatic brain injury can happen when there is a significant interruption of oxygen or blood flow to the brain. A brain injury can be focal, meaning it affects a specific part of the brain, or it can be global, meaning it affects the entire brain. A brain injury can occur from medical malpractice including an anesthesia error or during birth from hypoxia or from a doctor misusing the forceps or vacuum during an instrumental delivery.
Medical misdiagnosis: A medical misdiagnosis by a doctor can lead to a variety of dangerous outcomes for a patient. If a doctor misdiagnoses a stroke, heart attack, cancer, infection, or a variety of other medical problems, the patient can receive the wrong treatment or be prescribed the wrong drugs. This can result in not only the original medical condition worsening, but lead to other medical problems as well, even death.
Doctor and hospital malpractice: Many serious injuries and deaths involving medical malpractice cases occur in hospitals. Often these cases involve multiple doctors and nurses as well. It's important to understand while most nurses are employees of the hospitals they work for most doctors are independent contractors. This affects how a patient who has been injured because of medical malpractice can file a medical malpractice claim. This is one of many reasons why it's important to retain the services of a highly experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Emergency room malpractice: Emergency rooms at most hospitals have become a chaotic environment where overcrowding is an issue. Because so many patients are left waiting for hours in order to be evaluated and treated, some patients may have medical conditions that escalate from serious to severe, or some patients may be rushed through the examination process and not receive the proper medical treatment for their condition. Doctors and nurses may also be overworked, tired, and misdiagnose patients as well.
Kaiser malpractice: With Kaiser Foundation Health Plan being the largest provider of health services in California, including insuring approximately 1 out of every 4 insured people in this state, medical malpractice cases arise. One of the major differences between a medical malpractice case involving Kaiser and other medical facilities is Kaiser requires all members to waive their rights to sue Kaiser in court before a judge and jury if medical malpractice occurs. Instead, patients must submit all disputes through an arbitration system which operates outside of the California court system. It's important for a patient who has been injured due to the negligence of a Kaiser medical professional or facility to retain the services of an experienced Kaiser malpractice lawyer who understands how to navigate through an arbitration process.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or died because of medical malpractice by a medical professional or medical facility, call the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates at (800) 541-9376 for a free consultation or visit the website. Dr. Fagel is a medical malpractice lawyer and a licensed physician.
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