Doctors owe their patients a duty of reasonable care to not cause foreseeable
and preventable harm. Care over the patient should be no different from
how another doctor would treat that patient under similar circumstances.
experienced Kingston medical malpractice attorneys know that errors and mishaps occur regularly. Surgeons have performed
surgery on the wrong part of a patient’s body; on the wrong patient
entirely; prescribed the wrong medication; and patients have even been
discharged from the hospital before the patient was well enough to return home.
If any of these things happen, the injured patient has a right to commence
suit against the offending medical professionals. Pain, suffering, lost
wages, rehabilitation costs, among other things are damages from which
the patient can receive compensation.
Consider the following
common medical malpractice mistakes as examples of cognizable grounds for medical malpractice litigation;
some are examples of case specific errors that were made.
Wrong Site Surgery:
Performing the correct procedure, but on the wrong part of a patient’s
body in known to happen. Even though doctors should mark the site location
on the patient’s body prior to surgery, this step can be overlooked
and the procedure is performed at the wrong place. For example, in one
case, doctors realized during leg amputation surgery that they were amputating
the wrong leg. Unfortunately, it was too late to correct the mistake and
the “good” leg was completely amputated.
In another case, a bypass surgery went wrong when the surgeons operated
on the wrong artery. Patients receiving brain surgery have had surgeons
drill holes on the wrong side of their head. There are also cases in which
the entirely wrong organ was removed; for example, a properly functioning
kidney was removed instead of the infected kidney.
Correct Surgery, Incorrect Patient:
Imagine being in your hospital room with hopes of being discharged. Instead,
you are transferred to a surgical room where you lie on an operating table;
doctors are preparing to perform another procedure. An hour goes by and
the procedure is cancelled. Why? Because the doctors finally realize that
they have the wrong patient. Sounds unbelievable, but this has actually
happened. This is obviously medical malpractice.
Patients are regularly harmed by medication errors. These mistakes happen
for many different reasons; each one is preventable. When proper care
is not taken, medication can be placed in a bottle with an incorrect label.
The wrong dosage can be administered. Care is not given to the patient’s
name, leading the medication to the wrong patient. Many of us have confused
two different people with each other when they have similar names. You
or I can make that mistake; but medical professionals cannot when they
are administering drugs.
Premature Hospital Release of a Patient:
The medical profession itself has established standards dictating how much
time certain patients must stay in the hospital. It is a minimum amount
of time. After careful study, medical professionals have learned that
they need at least a certain amount of hours to make sure that a patient
is stable. This will vary depending on the procedure and illness. Mistakes
here can result in
For example, newborns must remain in hospitals for 48 hours after birth.
This is the standard prescribed by the profession. Such time allows for
medical personnel to discover problems that the baby may have. This time
can be extended if need be. But if the baby is not at the hospital, then
the mistake may not be discovered.
If the child is released prior to 48 hours and is subsequently harmed by
an illness that would have been discovered had he or she remained in the
hospital for 48 hours,
medical malpractice has occurred.