Anyone who has ever had surgery remembers the fear and anxiety he or she felt the day of the surgery. Having a certain amount of stress and worry before surgery is normal. Every surgery comes with a certain amount of risk and danger.
But while people understand the dangers and expect that injury could occur, they do not expect that their hospitals, doctors, nurses or other health care service providers will be negligent in the management of their care.
People expect — and have a right to expect — that doctors and other medical professionals will perform their duties with the highest degree of competence and care. This is especially true in the context of surgery — where the slightest mistake could result in serious injury such as brain injury or death.
While most doctors and staff perform their duties honorably, there are far too many injuries that occur to patients as a result of surgical errors caused by negligence.
We handle a wide range of surgical error claims, including:
- Wrong site surgeries (e.g. surgery on wrong knee or shoulder)
- Failure to advise patient of surgical risks
- Failure to timely treat post-surgical infection
- Laparoscopic surgery errors
- Failure to notice and treat bleeding
- Emergency room errors
- Anesthesia errors
If you have been injured as a result of medical negligence, we have the experience to handle your case with the highest degree of competence and care. Our medical malpractice attorneys have been handling surgical error cases for more than two decades.
Members of our medical malpractice team have previously acted as medical malpractice defense counsel. We believe strongly that our broad experience is an asset to clients involved in complex medical malpractice claims.
It is an unfortunate reality that errors in diagnosing infections, cancer, stroke and other fatal diseases occur all too frequently. Since most conditions get worse over time, a timely diagnosis from a physician is of the utmost importance. If you have been injured, you may be able to recover compensation by pursuing a lawsuit.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer and Stroke in Tennessee
Cancerous cells that form in the body can progress aggressively. Doctors are required to order appropriate tests and procedures in order to rule out cancer at an early stage. If cancer is not diagnosed at an early stage, the options for recovery can be drastically limited. At our firm, our medical malpractice lawyers have handled all types of failure to diagnose cancer claims, including breast cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and more.
If a physician fails to diagnose a deadly health complication such as a stroke, the complications can affect an individual for the remainder of his or her lifetime. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a doctor failing to diagnose stroke in a timely manner, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced lawyer. When you schedule an initial consultation, we will discuss your case with you directly and inform you of your legal options.
One of the most basic and critical errors a medical professional can make is the failure to timely diagnose and properly respond to evidence of illness or disease. Delayed care can result in severe complications, prolonged periods of suffering, and even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered because a doctor, nurse or other medical professional has negligently performed their duties, you may have a basis to receive recovery for the damage you have sustained. Recoverable damages include pain and suffering, medical bills, ongoing care costs, and compensation for the loss of a loved one.
The experienced medical malpractice lawyers handle all failure to diagnose claims, including:
- Failure to diagnose breast cancer
- Failure to diagnose lung cancer
- Failure to diagnose prostate cancer
- Failure to notice signs of heart distress and stroke
- Failure to detect signs of organ failure
- Failure to timely treat kidney damage
- Failure to diagnose post-surgical infection
- Failure to detect signs of fetal distress
- Failure to diagnose a bone fracture
A failure to diagnose can occur in an emergency room setting, but diagnosis errors are not limited to the ER. A patient may go to a routine physical and their doctor may fail to respond properly to evidence of an illness, condition or disease.
Since most medical complications only get worse with the passage of time, a failure to timely diagnose and treat a medical condition can result in irreparable harm. Failure to respond to cancer in a timely fashion may allow the cancer to grow and metastasize. Failure to respond to signs of fetal distress could result in brain damage to a newborn baby. Failure to timely detect kidney damage could result in complete kidney failure.
If you suspect that a medical professional failed to ask the right questions, conduct the proper follow up, provide treatment in a timely fashion, or otherwise perform their duties in a proper manner, contact an attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options.