Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorney
Were you injured by the negligence of a medical professional?
We trust our doctors and healthcare professionals to take care of us. These individuals have a duty to care for their patients by providing them with service that meets regulatory criteria and is aimed at diagnosing, treating and improving. Unfortunately, sometimes medical professionals breach that duty. That breach often leads to medical malpractice lawsuits. If you or someone you love was injured because of the negligent or careless actions of a healthcare professional, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. A Kansas City personal injury lawyer from Wendt Goss, P.C. can help.
What causes medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice usually falls into at least one of three categories: avoidable error, accident/adverse event or gross negligence. Like all individuals, healthcare professionals are prone to error. However, they are regulated by certain guidelines that were implemented to prevent these types of errors. Many avoidable medical events are caused by doctors who fail to stick to:
- Standardized diagnostic procedures
- Thorough patient counseling
- Condition-appropriate treatment procedures
- What the evidence indicates over their own opinion
Some medical malpractice cases stem from gross negligence. This describes a complete disregard for professional standards and safety. The resulting injuries are often characterized as "never events" such as surgery performed on the wrong patient or sexual assault on a patient while they are in the care of the healthcare facility.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Doctors can make serious errors while delivering babies into the world. Doctors must be prepared to act quickly and accurately, especially in the event of a traumatic birth. Improper use of forceps, failure to monitor fetal heart rate and failure to perform necessary cesarean sections are all potential causes of avoidable birth injuries.
Patients can easily overdose on prescription drugs if they are not labeled correctly or the patient is not adequately informed by their doctor about the appropriate dosage. Patients can also be given the incorrect medication altogether, even medications that they are fatally allergic to.
Diagnostic errors are quickly becoming the most common type of medical negligence leading to medical malpractice lawsuits. When a doctor incorrectly diagnoses a patient or fails to diagnose them altogether, that patient is not receiving the appropriate treatment for their condition which can result in further illness, injury or even the patient's demise.
These types of errors can include patient retention of a foreign object, the wrong surgery on the wrong patient, surgical procedure performed on the wrong body part and more.
Currently, the National Quality Forum lists 29 events on the list of "never events." These events are inexcusable in the healthcare industry and constitute negligence or gross negligence on behalf of the doctor/provider. Some include wrong-site surgery, patient suicide while in hospital care and retention of a foreign object post-surgery.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
In order to file a medical malpractice claim, the plaintiff and his or her attorney must be able to establish the following:
- There was an established doctor-patient relationship
- The defendant(s) owed the patient a duty of care
- The defendant(s) breached that duty of care by error, negligence or gross negligence
- The breach of duty resulted in injury or death
Contacting Our Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyers
Wendt Goss, P.C. provides top-quality representation for Missouri medical malpractice victims. If you or someone you love has been injured and you need to file a claim, please do not hesitate to discuss your case with our firm. We provide free case evaluations.