The doctor-patient relationship is not just between a doctor and a patient. When you get medical care or treatment, whether, at a physician’s office, a clinic, or a hospital, there are many other people involved in helping you get better. Healthcare is truly a team effort – from the person who takes your information and helps maintain your medical records, to the nurse or physician’s assistant who gets your vital signs, to the radiologists who take your x-rays, and the lab technicians who collect and analyze your test results.
You count on all of these professionals and many more to perform their jobs with reasonable care and competence. You rely on them to follow accepted protocols and procedures and take all necessary steps to avoid mistakes, some of which can have catastrophic consequences for a patient’s health. Unfortunately, procedural errors by doctors, surgeons, pharmacists and other healthcare workers lead to thousands of preventable injuries, health problems, and deaths every year.
The Louisiana medical malpractice lawyers at the Patrick Yancey Law Firm in Houma assist individuals and families who are victims of preventable procedural errors made during their medical care and treatment. We have the knowledge, courtroom skills, and resources to effectively explain complex medical issues to a jury and expose medical negligence. Our fierce advocacy has earned us a reputation as champions for Louisianans who have been hurt or lost a loved one because of medical malpractice, including procedural mistakes.
Kinds of Procedural Errors That Can Be the Basis of a Medical Malpractice Claim
The volume of protocols, policies, and procedures that govern patient care in hospitals and other settings is almost unimaginably extensive. That is because deviation from those standards can be a matter of life and death. The number of ways procedural mistakes during medical care can harm or kill patients is almost as substantial as the procedures themselves.
Procedural errors, which often form the basis of medical malpractice claims for compensation, include:
- Intake mistakes, including failure to get required medical and medication history before embarking on a course of treatment
- Failure to maintain complete and accurate medical records
- Miscommunication between physicians and patients or between physicians and other professionals
- Failure to consult with a specialist
- Improper taking, handling, processing, and analysis of laboratory samples and results
- Medication errors
- Failure to meet the appropriate standard of care in cleaning, calibrating or maintaining medical or surgical equipment
- Failure to maintain a sterile environment
- Failure to monitor a patient’s condition or follow up on their treatment
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Improper incisions or operating on the wrong body part
- Leaving a piece of medical equipment inside a patient
- Failure to monitor and prevent blood clots
- Failure to prevent surgical site infections
Committed Representation for Victims of Medical Mistakes
Not everyone who sees a doctor or surgeon for a health problem will get better. Some people get sick or injured such that even the world’s finest physicians cannot save them. But when a health problem is caused by or made worse because of the negligence of a physician or the failure of another healthcare professional to follow the appropriate standard of care, it constitutes medical malpractice.
In such cases, victims should not have to bear the costs and burdens alone. Those responsible for their losses can and should be held accountable. That is exactly what we do at the Patrick Yancey Law Firm. We have recovered substantial compensation for our medical malpractice clients, and stand ready to assist you with your claim.
Speak with a Louisiana Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
If you believe that a doctor or other healthcare professional made a procedural mistake during your care and treatment, or you simply want to discuss your situation with an experienced Louisiana medical malpractice attorney, please call us today to arrange for your free initial case evaluation.