Marko Law Firm - Medical Malpractice Attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Are You or a Family Member Suffering Because of Medical Malpractice?
If you think you or a family member are a victim of medical malpractice, contact Marko Law. These cases are usually hard. If you want to succeed in your claim, it is vitally important to consult with lawyers that have the necessary experience. The Grand Rapids Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Marko Law, have many years of experience handling personal injury claims. They are here to help determine if you have a case.Many people have heard of medical malpractice. You might usually associate it with very extreme mistakes in medical treatment. For instance, conducting an invasive surgical operation on the wrong patient. However, medical malpractice happens in many less drastic forms. Further, a Grand Rapids medical malpractice attorney knows the outcomes can be just as damaging or even deadly.
What are Common Forms of Medical Malpractice?
Preventable medical care mistakes can comprise a solid case for medical malpractice. These claims might result not only from a surgical mistake. It could be errors committed by nurses, physicians, and other caregivers. Several of the most prevalent medical malpractice claims stem from the following types of mistakes:
This can take the form of:
- Using the wrong medication (from a doctor's prescription, from a mistake made by a pharmacist, or by being administered to the wrong patient).
- Being prescribed a medication that causes major adverse effects because of a known allergic reaction or by being combined with other medications.
- Being prescribed the wrong dose.
- Neglecting to prescribe needed medication.
These are circumstances where a doctor fails to properly diagnose a problem, causing a delay in treatment. This can therefore lead to an injury that could have been avoided or minimized. This can also be a physician failing to perform necessary or adequate diagnostic tests or procedures, or misdiagnosing a problem.
This happens where an individual under the care of a hospital is not monitored sufficiently. The lack of supervision can cause a failure to give adequate and/or proper care.
A delay in treating a known condition results in a more serious condition.
Failure to acquire informed consent
As it indicates, this involves injuries caused by procedures in which the care provider neglects to:
- Fully inform an individual of the likely or potential result of the procedure.
- Let the individual know the risks associated with a procedure.
- Neglects to obtain any consent whatsoever.
- Lack of adequate training or skill or proper credentialing.
This case occurs when an individual sustains an injury from a medical procedure and the medical provider should not have been rendering due to lack of training or experience.
Birth injuries and obstetric malpractice
This includes cases in which actions or lack of actions during delivery cause long-term injury to the child or mother.
These situations involve injuries due to a surgeon that took unnecessary or incorrect measures which resulted in injury. Or, if there is a failure to perform the procedure with the care or skill sufficient to satisfy appropriate standards.
A lot of medical procedures rely upon the proper functioning of medical equipment. Failures of equipment due to poor maintenance, calibration, or operation can cause serious injuries. These are injuries that would not occur when equipment is operating correctly.
Inadequate monitoring or follow-up treatment
A lot of possible complications or negative effects from a treatment or procedure-- even if performed properly-- may not show up until later. A claim for poor monitoring happens when medical professionals neglect to look for known possible negative effects or consequences.
Lack of teamwork or communication
Often, patients are under the care of many providers. They could be treated with primary care doctors, specialists, nurse practitioners, and so on. Even in the operating room, teams of surgeons and nurses are all in charge of different parts of patient care. If there is a failure to communicate a major piece of information between the numerous professionals during care, major injuries can develop. For instance, a physician who fails to note a medication allergy to a nurse who does not report a patient in distress.Consult a medical malpractice lawyer in Grand Rapids if you think any of the above is the cause of a severe injury or fatality.
How To Make a Case for Grand Rapids Medical Malpractice?
As detailed above, medical malpractice can take many forms. At the same time, medical malpractice constitutes a particular type of negligence claim. In medical malpractice cases, a claimant alleges that a healthcare provider-- which can consist of not only doctors and surgeons, but dentists, therapists, nurses, or individuals working under the supervision of these professionals-- either acted or failed to act in a way that fell below the accepted standard of practice or care in the applicable medical community. Further, this act or omission leads to the injury or death of the patient.However, even when someone has suffered a major injury as a result of a medical procedure, verifying that you have a legitimate malpractice claim is not an easy task. Medicine is not a perfect science. Even when everything is done right, things can go wrong. The majority of medical malpractice lawsuits, over 95%, resolve before they go to court. In a number of these cases, the parties settle. For example, when the physician or healthcare facility thinks that the claim for negligence is fairly clear. But in over half of the claims on file, the defendants will be able to dismiss a case for one reason or another. One challenge is that almost all of the proof lies in the hands and minds of the physicians and medical facilities who are defending the cases. Lastly, for those medical malpractice suits that do go to court, plaintiffs win just about one-third of the time.
Should You Contact a Grand Rapids Medical Malpractice Attorney?
If you sustain injuries due to insufficient or faulty care, or someone you love has serious injuries or dies because of the errors of a medical professional, reach out to Marko Law for a free consultation. Call (313) 777-7LAW, or simply use our online case evaluation form right here on this website. Don't forget, at Marko Law, you pay no attorney's fee unless you win your case.