Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Mistakes and complications can happen in medical treatment. But when doctors, nurses and other health care professionals fail to adhere to an established standard of care, serious injury, illness or death can be the result. We can represent you or your loved one and seek full and fair compensation for your losses.

Birth Injury

Birth injuries we have handled include brain damage, cerebral palsy, fractured bones, Erb’s palsy, skin problems and breathing problems.

Hospital Mistakes

When hospitals make mistakes, serious injuries can result. Mistakes include prescription errors, medication errors, failure to diagnose and surgical mistakes.

Medication Errors

Medical malpractice involving medication errors can include negligent dosing (overdose/under-dose), wrong drug, dangerous drug interactions, allergic reactions and side effects.


When a physician misdiagnoses an illness, the results can be devastating, especially when a serious illness was missed such as cancer, brain tumors, heart conditions and diabetes.

Stroke Complications

A stroke can be devastating and includes complications such as paralysis, impaired speech, loss of the use of extremities, cognitive impairment, depression and increased risk for successive strokes.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The negligence of a doctor, nurse or hospital can cause spinal cord injuries. Such negligence can include incorrectly positioning a patient during surgery, failure to monitor spinal cord function during spinal surgery or aortic aneurysm surgery, improper chiropractic spine manipulation, failure to immobilize spine following trauma and failure to recognize spine fracture or dislocation after trauma.

Brain Injuries

We have handled many brain injury cases due to medical negligence, including surgical errors, anesthesia mistakes, missed brain hemorrhage or inadequate stroke management.

Paralysis Injuries

There are many ways medical malpractice can lead to paralysis injuries, including a disease or injury that is ignored or misdiagnosed until it leads to brain or spinal cord damage; surgery on the brain or spine that is done negligently; or post-operative complications that are not recognized and treated promptly.

Anesthesia Injuries

Anesthesia mistakes can include failure to seek informed consent for anesthesia, failure to make sure the patient is breathing (or otherwise getting enough oxygen) during anesthesia, wrong concentration of a drug and using the wrong amount of a drug is negligent.

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can include neglect, failure to supervise residents or staff, bedsores, broken bones, malnutrition, dehydration, sexual abuse and physical assault by staff.

Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, we can file a wrongful death action on your loved one’s behalf.

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