Examples of Medical Malpractice
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
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What are the most common medical malpractice cases in Tennessee?
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
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 
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.
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.
 Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 51, October 17, 2013.