The United States can be understandably proud of its health care system, the best in the world. Medical professionals save many lives each year, from nurses to surgeons, and our hospitals are equipped with the finest equipment known on the planet.
But, when mistakes are made in a Tennessee medical facility, lives can be shattered, families torn apart, and finances depleted. And mistakes are made every day. When they are, the law calls it medical malpractice. Medical malpractice, in general, can be said to have happened when a doctor or other health care provider is negligent in some way, and a patient is damaged or harmed.
Negligence and Medical Malpractice
It is important to understand that, for a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, negligence must be proved. For example, just because a heart surgery does not have the anticipated results doesn't mean negligence has occurred. It is best to consult an attorney if you have any doubts about negligence.
Here are the top reasons Tennessee medical malpractice negligence lawsuits are filed:
- A patient is injured in a way that could not happen if correct procedures were followed. For instance, tools and sponges have been left inside a person after surgery.
- A patient is harmed during a procedure that required "informed consent." In other words, the patient wasn't asked, was not informed properly of the risks, or was not capable of making an informed decision because of age or mental condition.
- A doctor provides a substandard or unaccepted treatment. Examples include prescribing the wrong medication or trying out a treatment that has not been tested.
- Safety procedures are not followed. Every medical facility and health care provider operates under specific safety guidelines. When one of these guidelines is ignored and a patient is harmed, negligence may be proved.
- Maintenance of a health care facility is substandard. If, for example, a hospital fails to keep a piece of equipment working properly, does not maintain a sterile environment, or assigns inadequately trained personnel to a task, the hospital may be proved liable.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice claims are made for many reasons, but the following are the most likely to end in legal action:
- Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
- Childbirth injuries
- Mistakes in medication
- Mistakes in anesthesia
- Mistakes in surgery
While we all hope that our medical care is safe and effective, everyone is human and humans make mistakes. When these mistakes are made, our lives can be turned upside down.
The Tennessee lawyers with Bailey & Greer can provide you with the expert and personal legal team you need if you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of medical professionals. Call today to request a free initial consultation. We can be reached toll free at 888-470-9143. At Bailey & Greer, we are small enough to care, big enough to fight, and experienced enough to win.