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The Haynes Firm Provides Help for Types of Malpractice in Johnson City, TN

Our malpractice lawyer in Johnson City, TN can help you navigate how to get maximum compensation when you are seeking compensation for medical negligence. According to the medical negligence act, there are several different types of malpractice that you may be eligible to seek compensation for, and The Haynes Firm have the experience needed to guide you on the path to justice.

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There are many other types of medical malpractice settlements that The Haynes Firm has successfully handled, including some less common types of medical malpractice, which are expounded on below.

Pharmacy Negligence Cases

The common denominator among prescription and pharmacy errors is that the patient is almost always left unaware that they are getting the improper medicine or the improper dosage. Injuries from these completely avoidable errors can range from mild to catastrophic. Reasons for these errors run the gamut, but are events that should never happen no matter what the circumstances.

  • First, the patient may not receive the medication that their doctor prescribed, possibly resulting in injury.
  • Second, the patient may unknowingly be receiving a medication that was not prescribed by their doctor, a medication that could have harmful effects or interact in ways that are harmful to the patient.
  • Third, a medication can be dispensed or prescribed at a dosage too large or small for the patient’s needs.

Retained Objects from Surgeries

The most common retained objects from surgery are sponges or pads used in a variety of applications during surgery. While sponges can be small and difficult to keep up with in a messy surgery, medical professional nonetheless must be vigilant to ensure that any sponge that goes in, comes out. While sponges are the most common item left in patients, incredibly, other items such as hemostats, tubing, needles, and other items have been left in patients. Retained surgical items can cause death, physical and emotional harm, and long-term complications.

According to the Joint Commission’s sentinel event database, the most common causes of these incidents are:

  • Absence of policies and procedures
  • Failure to comply with existing policies and procedures
  • Problems with hierarchy and intimidation
  • Failure in communication with Physicians
  • Failure of staff to communicate relevant patient information
  • Inadequate or incomplete education of staff [1]

Pediatric Malpractice

Babies and young children often lack the ability to communicate how they are feeling, what hurts, when the pain started, and other historical information that adults are often able to provide. Often, however, the child will exhibit signs and symptoms that help communicate to an alert provider that something may going on that is serious that could place the child at serious risk of death. A child’s inability to tell the provider what is going on is a major reason that it is absolutely critical that any pediatric medical care provider, whether a nurse, mid-level provider (P.A. or N.P.), or physician, be able to recognize signs and symptoms of potential critical illnesses in children.

Radiological Errors

Radiologists review and interpret x-rays, CTs, MRI, and other radiographic imaging. The physicians that order these diagnostic tests usually rely upon the radiologist to advise whether the patient’s film shows area(s) of suspicion that could represent a serious disease process, broken bones, arterial abnormality, or acute emergency. Most radiologists perform this function in a systematic way that minimizes the chance of a radiological error. Unfortunately, some radiologists fail to invest sufficient time and attention to each film they are responsible for interpreting. Injuries can and do occur when the radiologist fails to review each film thoroughly, keeping in mind that failure to alert the ordering physician to a possible serious abnormality can result in delayed diagnosis, often meaning the difference between a treatable disease and death or serious disability.

[1] Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 51, October 17, 2013.

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