When you get sick in Montana, the first thing you expect your doctor or the emergency room to do is to diagnose your symptoms. Then you expect them to give you the appropriate treatment and prescribe whatever medications you need to get you back to your busy life. Unfortunately, however, the health care professionals you trust may not live up to your expectations.
As you know, medical emergencies are rarely predictable. You might be taken to the hospital in an ambulance without having your identification with you, or your elderly parent might be admitted but, due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, is unable to inform the nurses and doctors of whom to contact to pick him or her up. It can be frightening to think that patients are discharged from hospitals in uncertain conditions, but unfortunately for people in Montana and elsewhere, this type of thing happens.
When you undergo surgery in a Montana hospital, you do not expect that anything will go wrong during your operation. Unfortunately, however, medical errors do occur in the operating room and other departments of hospitals throughout the country. Today, more than 250,000 patients die annually from them, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States.
One of the more important elements of medical malpractice cases is expert testimony. Most people in Billings may lack the medical knowledge and expertise needed to challenge a clinician's actions or decision-making. Thus, one who has similar expertise as those who are the subject of a medical negligence claim is typically needed to offer an educated opinion as to whether said parties acted appropriately. The process of qualifying an expert witness goes beyond simply saying one is so, however. Plaintiffs must follow the state's processes for doing so or risk having the basis of their cases challenged.
As you enter the operating room to have a procedure performed, you are putting your health and wellbeing in the hands of experienced and talented surgeons and operating room staff. The last thing on your mind is whether or not you will leave the OR with a surgical instrument sutured up inside of you. The very thought of something like this happening sounds unheard of. However, it does happen more often than you may think.
When you enter the operating room for a surgical procedure, you entrust your health and life to the hands of medical professionals who are licensed and trained to perform. Although you may feel like you are in good hands, there are a number of things that may go wrong once you enter the OR. One potential issue involves retained surgical items, which includes equipment that is left behind in an operating site once you are sutured up. Surgical items that are left behind can cause serious problems, including infection, and may lead to long-term damage. Surprisingly, this type of medical negligence occurs more often than you may think.
At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton in Montana, we know that medical errors occur far too often, whether in your doctor’s office or in a hospital. Medication errors account for a high percentage of Emergency Room medical errors.
Medical misdiagnosis is one type of malpractice that affects people throughout Montana and across the United States. When you go into an outpatient clinic or the emergency room, you expect to be treated and given a diagnosis by medical professionals. However, there may be a time when you are given the wrong diagnosis or are not given a diagnosis at all. Not only can this lead to further problems as the undiagnosed condition worsens, but you may experience significant effects from the treatment you are taking for the wrong diagnosed condition.
If you are a Montana woman who suffered a pelvic organ prolapse after giving birth to one of your children or because you are genetically predisposed to this condition, you likely underwent surgery to correct it. Your surgeon probably implanted transvaginal mesh as part of the procedure. Even though (s)he surely informed you of his or her intentions ahead of time and you gave your signed informed consent, that does not mean that this mesh was safe or will remain so.
At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton in Montana, we know how difficult it is when you must make the decision to place your aging parent in a nursing home. Even though (s)he needs the care that the facility provides and that you cannot provide yourself, you nevertheless worry that the staff may neglect or even abuse him or her.