Were You Injured By Medical Negligence? We Can Help.
In most cases, specific medical results are not guaranteed. This means that just because a surgery or medical treatment did not turn out as intended, the doctor or surgeon is not automatically guilty of medical malpractice. However, actual medical malpractice and errors do occur. An experienced attorney can help you determine whether you may have a valid case.
At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., we represent individuals and their families when a medical provider has breached the standard of care in diagnosing or treating a medical condition. If you feel that you have suffered harm as a result of a medical error, do not hesitate to call our experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers at 540-904-1621 or toll free at 888-635-6304. Our attorneys have 75 years of combined legal experience.
Types Of Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or other medical professional performs a negligent act or omits a necessary act. Negligence can include diagnosis errors, illness management errors and many other issues.
Our Virginia law firm has effectively represented clients with cases involving:
- Misdiagnosis of cancer and other conditions
- Surgical negligence or errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Prescription errors
- Medication errors
- Birth injury
- Brain injury
- Obstetrical and gynecological errors
- Patient neglect
- Emergency room errors
We can also help you understand the importance of informed consent, identify the responsible parties and potential damages, and work to prove your case.
Were You Sent Home When You Should Have Been Admitted?
Emergency room staffers are trained to act quickly. As a patient, you rightfully trust that they will take your concerns seriously, order the correct labs and tests and provide you with proper medical treatment. Errors in the emergency room are a type of medical malpractice and can occur when a patient’s complaints are minimized, proper diagnostic testing is not ordered and patients are sent home when they should be admitted to the hospital.
While many types of problems can arise due to negligent ER staff, common types include a failure to diagnose:
- Heart attack
- Brain aneurysm
- Pulmonary embolism
- Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
When you are in an emergency medical situation, it is vitally important that the medical staff assisting you complies with the standard of care. If you suffered a heart attack, stroke or other medical problem after receiving negligent care in the ER, our lawyers can help you.
Common causes of medication errors
There are numerous steps between when a medication is prescribed and when a patient begins using it, during which any number of mistakes may occur and potentially lead to an adverse drug event. Often, poor communication between providers or between patients and providers contributes to medication errors. This includes ambiguities in the abbreviations used or in providers’ writing. Medication errors may also result when people misuse medications as a result of not fully understanding the usage directions.
Taking an active role in prevention
While much of the onus for preventing medication errors falls to medical professionals, there are steps people can take to help avoid potential mistakes. These include the following:
- Asking for an explanation of drug indications and potential side effects
- Regularly reconciling medications with their health care providers’ lists
- Storing all drugs in their original containers
- Saving the information sheets for any medications currently being used
- Double-checking prescriptions at the pharmacy to ensure they are what was ordered
Further, people should only take medications as directed. Chewing, crushing or cutting certain drugs, for example, may affect their function or change how the body absorbs them.
Contact A Virginia Medical Negligence Lawyer
Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys by calling our Roanoke, Virginia, office at 540-904-1621 or toll free at 888-635-6304. You can also contact Cranwell & Moore P.L.C. by email.