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The various ways a medical malpractice case can come about

When you hear the phrase "medical malpractice," what do you picture? In all likelihood, most people will think of a surgical error or a doctor botching a basic procedure. These are obvious cases of medical malpractice, and just because they are the newsworthy and eye-catching, it doesn't make them any less legitimate as cases. But what these examples do is obscure the other equally legitimate cases that qualify as medical malpractice and that what many people suffer from every year.

Birth injury case leads to astounding $40 million award

Childbirth is supposed to be a wondrous and happy occasion that completes a family. It is supposed to make two parents elated in ways they have never felt before, and the medical process of delivering a baby is supposed to be a highly protected procedure that ensures the safe and healthy delivery of the child.

Experience in representation needed when medical errors occur

Even the most well-intended of medical procedures or applications of medical care can turn out to be disastrous. It doesn't matter if the medical professionals handling these cases are incredibly experienced or relatively new. The fact of the matter is, anyone can make a mistake. Botched surgeries or flubbed IV placements can cause horrible medical conditions in patients -- and it could even lead to fatal circumstances for the patients.

Medical malpractice case settled for $2 million

In 2014, a 17-year-old kid was on his way to a leadership conference when he suffered a medical event that was compared to a pulmonary embolism. He later died at a hospital and the case wasn't litigated until the family of the son filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where their son was treated. The lawsuit alleges that the hospital was negligent in their care of the 17-year-old, and that the physicians were "grossly inaccurate" when they reviewed a kidney ultrasound for the 17-year-old.

Botched thyroidectomy leads to throat paralysis

Even though the source article for today's story isn't from Georgia, it still serves as an important talking point for medical malpractice. A woman went in for a thyroidectomy in 2014, but the surgeon who performed the procedure on her failed to take adequate steps to prevent severe damage to her larynx and throat. As a result, when the procedure was performed, the woman suffered severe damage and was diagnosed with vocal cord paralysis.

Massive award in medical malpractice case

Even though the source article for today's post isn't from Georgia, it still means a lot in the world of medical malpractice. The state of Minnesota just witnessed the largest medical malpractice award in its history after the family of a woman who died after giving birth to her first child successfully sued the nurse practitioner who worked at the emergency room that the woman went to. The lawsuit award was $20 million.

Medical malpractice is unacceptable

Imagine that you have been experiencing some pain over the last week -- unexpected pain. You begin to worry and decide it's time to see a doctor. When you go in, the doctor checks over your vitals and information, and begins to examine potential problems. Ultimately, a diagnosis is made and a plan for treatment is agreed. You feel better about the situation even though the pain persists.

Medical errors are third leading cause of death

It feels like every month there is a new article that, rightly so, decries the current state of our medical profession and how medical errors are leaving innocent people with catastrophic or fatal injuries. This week, we find ourselves reading another one of these articles, and it will make you wonder where the medical profession should go from here.

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