Even in the most caring medical settings, mistakes can happen. If a medical provider fails to provide the right level of care—in diagnosis or treatment—that mistake may cause harm to a patient. Medical malpractice claims are made in the event of deadly or life-altering mistakes made by a doctor, hospital staff, or another health-care professional. The most common reasons patients or their families file for medical malpractice include all of the following:
- Failure to Diagnose Correctly
- Childbirth Injuries
- Anesthesia Mistakes
- Delayed Diagnosis
- Improper Treatment
- Surgical or Medication Errors
- Failure to Warn Patients of Known Risks
Among the most common in the list above are surgical errors, which can cause nerve, tissue, or organ damage. Some surgeons have even been known to operate on the wrong side of the patient and have amputated the wrong limb. The most common causes of medical malpractice claims for outpatients are misdiagnoses or failure to diagnose. For example, for adult outpatients, the most common misdiagnosis errors are related to cancer and heart attacks.
If you or someone in your family has been hurt as a result of medical malpractice, contact The Law Offices of James G. Souza III, P.A., to speak to our medical malpractice attorney in Tampa, FL.
Most of the residents in a nursing home are elderly or infirmed and unable to take care of themselves. They may be at different stages of helplessness and insecurity, but they are usually weak and sometimes frail. The people who live in nursing homes are dependent on the people around them for help in all of the basics of life, as well as to help them improve their quality of life however possible. In short, they are easy targets for those who might abuse them in any number of ways.
When our loved ones have been abused in any way, it is usually by someone who knows his or her victim can’t fight back or even understand what is happening to them. There are more kinds of abuse than just physical, although that is the one that most often comes to mind when we think about nursing home abuse. The major forms of abuse are verbal, emotional, and physical. The following kinds of abuse are most often cited in nursing home cases:
- Degrading the Patient Verbally
- Threatening the Patient
- Emotional Manipulation of the Patient
- Emotionally Threatening the Patient
- Physical Injury of the Patient
- Manipulating the Patient Physically
- Sexual Abuse of the Patient
If you or a loved one has been abused in an assisted living or nursing home situation, contact our personal injury attorney in Tampa, FL, at The Law Offices of James G. Souza III, P.A. Call (813) 254-9205 to discuss your case.