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Common Types of Medical Malpractice in Rhode Island Hospitals

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If you have suffered harm or lost a loved one due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider, you are legally entitled to damages to cover your losses. Contact Bill Kolb to discuss your options with a capable professional. He has the empathy and determination to fight for your rights, and the legal skill to recover maximum compensation. More than that, Bill has an impressive history of winning malpractice lawsuits involving: 

Failure to Take or Heed a Full Medical History

Failure to take or consider a patient’s medical history can lead to serious, even catastrophic, medical complications. If your doctor did not take note of your pre-existing condition, allergy, or current medication regimen, they may be held liable for your adverse reaction to treatment.

Diagnostic Errors

Diagnostic errors — misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis —

can have profound consequences. If a doctor’s diagnostic mistake delayed your treatment, worsening your condition and/or prognosis, this may be evidence of malpractice.  

Anesthesia Errors

Errors in anesthesia administration during surgical procedures can pose significant risks to patient safety. Anesthesia errors include administering incorrect dosages, failing to monitor vital signs adequately, or using equipment incorrectly. Such mistakes can lead to terrible complications such as anesthesia awareness or respiratory distress.

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors encompass a wide range of mistakes that occur during procedures, such as operating on the wrong site, performing unnecessary surgery, or leaving a surgical instrument inside the patient’s body. These errors can result in infections, organ damage, or even wrongful death.

Failure to Recognize or Promptly Treat Postsurgical Infections

Failure to promptly recognize and treat postsurgical infections can lead to severe consequences. If local infections become systemic, they can result in lengthy hospital stays, permanent disability or fatality.

Emergency Room Errors

Emergency room errors are all too common due to overcrowding, understaffing, or miscommunication among healthcare providers. ER staff members are too often pressured, stressed, and exhausted by overly long shifts. Examples of emergency room errors include delayed or incorrect triage or misdiagnosis, any of which can be disastrous.

Misreading or Misinterpreting Test Results

Medical tests are administered for serious reasons. If a healthcare provider makes a mistake in reading or interpreting a blood test, X-ray or other diagnostic test, the treatment provided may be unhelpful at best and lethal at worst.

Prescription Errors

Prescription errors, such as incorrect dosage or misadministration of medication, can result in the worsening of untreated conditions or adverse drug reactions.

Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can occur during labor and delivery due to medical negligence or improper obstetric care. Examples include oxygen deprivation leading to brain damage, improper use of delivery instruments resulting in trauma to the newborn, or failure to respond to fetal distress in a timely manner.

Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

Nursing home residents are vulnerable to the horrors of physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse and to neglect that may manifest in poor hygiene, bad sores, malnutrition or dehydration. 

Lack of Informed Consent

Patients have the right to make informed decisions about their medical care. To do so they must be apprised of the risks and benefits of proposed treatments or procedures. If they are not informed, they cannot legally consent and their doctors can be help liable.

Contact Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of William M. Kolb for the excellent legal representation you need and the compassionate personal attention you deserve. William Kolb will fight vigorously and strategically to bring you the resources necessary to pay medical bills, replace lost income, cover pain and suffering, and secure your future.