Medical malpractice lawsuits seek to provide injured patients with restitution for a wide variety of instances in which physicians or other medical professionals acted negligently. Our medical malpractice attorneys can assist you or your family member with any of them. Call us for a free consultation.
Defective Medication – Typical Medical Malpractice
The role of the FDA is to ensure that drug companies cannot release medications to market that do more harm than good. Unfortunately, the system doesn’t always work as intended, and patients wind up receiving pharmaceutical compounds that have not been through adequate testing or clinical trials.
FDA approval does not mean that a drug is wholly safe. The federal agency recognizes shortcomings in its procedures and accepts that some potentially hazardous medications can enter circulation.
Data from the Journal of the American Medical Association found that around a third of prescription drugs approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2012 had side effects that were not accounted for before they hit the market. Furthermore, the FDA estimates that prescription drug incidents account for around 1.6 million injuries annually. There are 358 medical malpractice cases, dockets, and filings on record at Oklahoma district courts since 2002 [Updated June 2020].
Defective Medical Devices – Medical Negligence
There is sometimes an overlap in tort law between defective product personal injury and medical malpractice. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of defective medical devices. According to figures from the FDA, medical devices are the cause of upwards of 200,000 injuries across the US annually.
Defective medical devices can lead to severe injuries. Faulty implantable items such as defibrillators and replacement knees require surgery to remove, leading to unnecessary harm. Metal-on-metal hip replacements are believed to be a leading cause of metallosis – metal poisoning that damages bone and muscle tissue around the artificial joint. And hernia meshes can lead to bowel infections and perforations.
The FDA estimates that between 2008 and 2017, hip replacements caused 103,104 injuries, surgical mesh caused 60,795 injuries, and defibrillators caused 59,457 injuries. Our best in the city medical malpractice lawyers can help with your medical malpractice cases, contact our law firm for a free consultation.
Emergency Room Errors – Frequent Medical Errors
Emergency rooms are hectic environments in which medical professionals have to work fast to save patients. Despite pressures on staff, Oklahoma state law still holds doctors and nurses to account. If a medic makes an error that leads to personal injury, you may have grounds to file for compensation.
A new study published in De Gruyter’s Journal Diagnosis suggests that 45 percent of emergency room errors relate to “poor information processing,” in which ER staff failed to assess a patient’s needs adequately. Thirty-one percent of mistakes have to do with failing to verify whether information has been gathered, and 6 percent came from inadequate knowledge or training according to the report. The most frequent individual errors were misdiagnosis and misunderstanding of the significance of findings, each accounting for 13 percent of total mistakes.
Cancer Misdiagnosis – Costly Health Care Provider Mistakes
Five-year cancer survival is improving over time in Oklahoma, consistent with national trends, according to a paper published in the Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. Even so, cancer misdiagnosis remains a significant problem in the local area.
Cancer misdiagnosis takes one of three forms:
- Failing to diagnose the condition. This occurs when a physician determines that the patient is cancer-free, even though they do have cancer.
- Incorrectly diagnosing the condition. This occurs when the patient has cancer, but the doctor diagnoses a different condition.
- Wrongly diagnosing cancer. This happens when the doctor diagnoses cancer when the patient does not have the disease.
In 2018, there were 19,030 new cancer cases in Oklahoma, according to a report by the American Cancer Society. But the organization cautions about the problem of overdiagnosis: treating suspected cancer lesions that would never lead to disease. Data from the group suggests around 5 to 30 percent of women who undergo mammograms receive unnecessary treatment. Excessive thyroid cancer screening may also lie behind increasing rates of diagnosis and treatment.