Kentucky Medical Malpractice Can Be Claimed for a Variety of Reasons

Medical malpractice covers a wide range of issues regarding mistakes that medical personnel make. Examples of several types of medical malpractice have been in the news recently and help to illustrate what issues are included in this type of personal injury. Here are a few examples:

Medical Misdiagnosis: this type of personal injury occurs when patients are given the wrong information regarding their conditions that often leads to the prescription of wrong medications or incorrect or unnecessary surgeries. A doctor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, right over the river from Kentucky, specializes in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which often causes multiple tumors to grow on the kidneys and other organs. He says doctors that are unfamiliar with this condition often see the tumors on the patients’ kidneys and prescribe surgery to remove the tumors or the entire kidney because they think the tumors are cancerous. In reality, though the affected kidneys may look bad, they may be functioning normally, and really do not require surgery or removal.

Surgical Errors: The type of errors in this category range from medical devices being left in the patient during surgery, to surgery being performed on the wrong body part, to internal damage being caused. A young man who had surgery after being shot while playing basketball continued to have bladder infections years after the surgery. His urologist ordered a scan that revealed a sponge that had been left in him during the surgery three years before. This error forced the already-paralyzed young man to endure another surgery to remove the sponge and a six-week recovery.

Failure to Diagnose: Sometimes doctors miss something completely. Whether because the proper tests weren’t given, or the results were misread, these victims leave their medical providers completely unaware of a potentially fatal medical condition. When a Brooklyn woman experienced chest pains, she went to the nearest hospital and had an EKG and chest x-ray done. While the tests showed that everything was okay with her heart, the radiologist noticed a small nodule on one of her lungs. He wrote a recommendation that she have a follow-up x-ray done in three months. Unfortunately, this information was never given to the woman, even when she continued to have a chronic cough. Two years later, the woman went to the ER again because she was having trouble breathing. Chest x-rays were finally taken, and the nodule was again noticed. By this time it had grown and spread to her brain, liver, and spine. The woman has been given six months to a year to live. While it is impossible to say whether her cancer could have been treatable two years ago, it was definitely too late by the time she was diagnosed.

Doctors go through years of schooling and training before they are allowed to practice medicine. But unfortunately, they do still make mistakes; mistakes that can lead to unnecessary surgeries, serious injuries, or even wrongful death. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact a Kentucky medical malpractice attorney to discuss your situation and determine if legal action should be taken.

Sources:

Medical field works to reduce number of surgical mistakes; Los Angeles Times; Anna Gorman; December 23, 2012

Hospital's mistake leaves single Brooklyn mom with 6 months to live; New York Daily News; Heidi Evans; January 6, 2013

Kidneys sometimes removed unnecessarily due to misdiagnosis of genetic disorder; esciencenews.com; January 11, 2013