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Common Mistakes in Medical Negligence Cases

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Kansas City undoubtedly has some excellent health care facilities, but no providers are immune to mistakes. When a health care provider acts negligently and causes harm to you or a loved one, you have the right to have your potential claim investigated and possibly file a lawsuit. It becomes imperative you employ experienced and trusted medical malpractice lawyers such as Goza & Honnold.

Though the facts of every case are different, there are types of medical mistakes that occur often. During the many years Goza & Honnold has represented individuals and their families in Kansas and Missouri, they have litigated numerous cases involving:

Failure to Diagnose

Appropriate treatment begins with a correct and timely diagnosis. Each time you are ill, your doctor performs a diagnostic workup to rule out potential causes and arrive at the correct diagnosis. But if your doctor fails to correctly diagnose you, your treatment will not be effective, and your symptoms can worsen. Depending on the nature of the actual illness and the time that passes before administration of appropriate treatment, injuries due to a failure to diagnose can be severe.

Medication Mistakes

Adequate communication among health care providers is often critical, especially when it comes to providing patients medications. Medication errors can occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication, when a nurse takes an order down incorrectly, or when a pharmacy fills the wrong prescription. The prescription might be inappropriate for the patient’s diagnosed condition, or it might be contraindicated, given the patient’s health history. These errors can lead to severe reactions, including respiratory reactions, anaphylaxis, and even death.

Pregnancy and Delivery Errors

There is no experience greater than the birth of a child. Sometimes, however, things can and do go wrong during labor. Time becomes critical. Doctors and nurses need to diligently monitor both mothers and babies for any indications of fetal distress or medical complication. A missed warning sign or delay in appropriate care can result in serious birth injuries, such as brain damage, cerebral palsy, and even death.

Hospital Falls

Patients in the hospital are often at their most vulnerable. Hospital patients have been in an accident, have a serious illness, are recovering from surgery, and might be taking strong medications. Hospital staff are trained to look for and evaluate conditions that place patients at risk for falls. The hospital staff assign each patient a “fall score,” which helps determine the level of care needed to prevent a hospital fall. Unfortunately, patients often do not receive adequate assistance, and a fall occurs that results in broken bones, hip fractures, and sometimes, serious head injuries.

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If you believe you have a potential medical malpractice case in Kansas City or the surrounding area, contact Goza & Honnold today for a free case consultation. You can speak with one of our skilled medical negligence attorneys by calling (913) 451-3433.

 

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With national attention increasingly focused on opioid abuse in America, we continue to learn more about the true magnitude of the crisis. Opioid misuse has now reached the level of a Public Health Emergency, with millions of Americans battling addiction to prescription painkillers and seeking help from pharmaceutical negligence lawyers.

Physical Numbers

According to recent data, approximately 90 people in the United States die every single day from opioid overdose, and more than 2 million people are currently struggling with prescription opioid abuse. Abuse of prescription opioids also leads to use of illegal opioids, as people begin to experience difficulty obtaining prescription refills and fight against the crippling feelings of withdrawal. An estimated 6 percent of people who abuse their prescription opioids go on to use heroin, and a startling 80 percent of heroin users report taking prescription opioids first.

Financial Numbers

In addition to the physical and emotional damage, opioid abuse has also had tremendous financial impact on our country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimates the annual economic burden of opioid abuse in the United States has reached $75 billion and continues to climb. Included in this estimate are costs of medical treatment, creation and maintenance of addiction programs, lost job productivity, and criminal justice intervention.

The Reason Behind the Numbers

We believe the opioid crisis is at least in part rooted in the drug manufacturers’ spread of misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of prescription opioids, as well as concealment of the extreme addictiveness of these painkillers. Manufacturer conduct combined with inappropriate prescribing practices led to an absolute explosion of both legal and illegal opioid painkiller sales and use.

Giving the Numbers a Voice

As families cope with addiction, loss of loved ones, and life-altering injuries, they are looking for answers and for justice. Goza & Honnold’s experienced product liability attorneys are currently investigating prescription opioid painkiller cases, and our firm offers confidential case consultations at no cost to you.

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If you have or a loved one has suffered addiction, injuries or death from prescription opioids, contact our office today at (913) 451-3433.

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