Medical Malpractice

West Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Recover the Compensation You Deserve

Medical malpractice is a legal term which refers to the negligent or careless, substandard treatment that a health care practitioner provides to a patient, resulting in injury, illness, or even wrongful death. If you've been a victim of medical malpractice, our Wheeling personal injury attorneys can determine if you are entitled to compensation for your losses and suffering. Medical staff are required to have extensive training and education before they are able to diagnose and treat the ill or injured.

Sometimes, their choices are judged and measured by comparing what another physician would have done in a similar situation. Areas of medical malpractice may include birth injuries, emergency room errors, failure to diagnose, medication errors, or nursing home abuse.

What You Can Be Compensated For:

  • Medical expenses

  • Lost wages

  • Emotional stress

  • Pain and suffering

  • Physical impairment

Medical malpractice illness or injuries can unfortunately be quite severe. Especially if you've been misdiagnosed for a life threatening disease, given an incorrect amount of medication, or there's been a mistake made during an operation. This can be quite costly to remedy, and may even cause irreversible damage.

Some of the More Common Types of Medical Errors

Misdiagnosis: Misdiagnosing a serious illness or medical condition is one of the most frequent basis for medical malpractice claims. When a medical professional fails to render a proper diagnosis, the patient may suffer further symptoms, deterioration, or even death. A proper diagnosis made in a timely manner allows patients to get the treatment they need. The treating healthcare practitioner may be held liable if it can be proven that there was a deviation from the reasonable standard of care.

Birth Injuries: Birth injuries can occur due to prenatal or delivery errors. Obstetricians, physicians, nurses, midwives and any other medical professionals who took part in the birth may be held liable for mistakes which cause serious injuries in infants. Birth injuries can range from fractures and sprains to shoulder dystocia and brain injuries. Serious conditions in children arising from birth injuries include cerebral palsy, brachial palsy, and facial paralysis.

Medical errors made during pregnancy may result in injurious conditions in both the mother and the child. These errors can include failure to diagnose and treat pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, anemia, ectopic pregnancies and pregnancy-caused hypertension as well failure to determine birth defects in a fetus.

Medication / Pharmacy Errors: Errors made by nurses, doctors, and pharmacists can lead to wrong drugs, wrong doses, or the use of a wrong method of delivering drugs into a patient's body. Other errors include not fully investigating a patient's medical history for complicating factors, failing to communicate drug risks, prescribing contraindicated medications, or the use of defective equipment. All of these errors can lead to serious health issues for patients.

Surgical Mistakes: These types of mistakes can include wrong-site surgery, leaving a surgical tool or particle in the body, or nicking other body organs. Other surgical mistakes can also include negligent post-operative care.

Anesthesia Mistakes: Anesthesia is an important part of the surgical process and carries risks of its own. If an anesthesiologist fails to properly monitor a patient, uses too heavy a dose of anesthetics, or uses faulty equipment, he or she may be responsible in a medical malpractice claim.

If you believe you have been the victim of any type of medical malpractice, contact a West Virginia medical malpractice attorney at Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC to discuss your case.

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The attorneys at the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC are committed to fighting for your rights and recovering a settlement that you deserve. If you believe you've been affected by medical malpractice, contact the firm and start your claim as soon as possible. They have recovered over half a billion in verdicts and settlements over the past 30 years - do not hesitate.

Contact a medical malpractice lawyer if you or someone you love has been injured by the negligence of a health care provider.

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