When people visit doctors, they expect to get better, and rightly so. Physicians have a great deal of skill and expertise, so they have professional responsibilities in this area. Yet many people in Hawaii County enter doctor’s offices and leave with serious injuries. That outcome is absolutely intolerable. Even worse, many patients who were injured get nothing but the runaround.
At Olson & Sons, our dedicated Kamuela medical malpractice lawyers serve as strong advocates for you and your family. We hold doctors accountable for their medical errors, so you get the compensation you need to move forward. During this process, our compassionate Kona medical malpractice lawyers are with you every step of the way.
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Types of Medical Malpractice
Many times, lack of communication leads to medical malpractice. On average, doctors listen to their patients for only seven seconds before they redirect or interrupt them. Other times, the issue is a lack of information. For various reasons, some doctors refuse to perform the necessary diagnostic tests. These circumstances, by themselves or in some combination, often lead to medical malpractice, such as:
- Misdiagnosis: Many experts believe that as many as one in five patients are misdiagnosed. With regard to some serious chronic conditions, such as cancer, the misdiagnosis rate may be twice as high.
- Anesthesia Errors: Anesthesiologists perform an important role. Slightly too much medication and the patient may not wake up. Slightly too little, and the patient may wake up during the procedure. Other anesthesiologists fail to account for medical allergies and other variables.
- Birth Injuries: If everything does not go exactly right in the delivery room, babies may sustain permanent brain injuries in minutes. In these circumstances, desperate doctors often use mechanical birth aids which may cause more harm than good.
Doctors are ultimately responsible for all these mistakes. They cannot blame nurses or other professional staff for their own medical negligence.
Your Claim for Damages
As mentioned, a physician’s duty of care is quite high in these situations. Therefore, our Kona medical malpractice lawyers are often able to obtain substantial compensation in these cases.
However, medical malpractice claims are often complex. So, our Kamuela medical malpractice lawyers often partner with other professionals to establish the standard of care. If a physician violated that standard, the doctor, or the organization which employed the doctor, may be responsible for damages.
These damages normally include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Hawaii County jurors often award significant punitive damages in these cases as well.
Speak to Our Medical Malpractice Attorney About Your Case
Any medical mistake generally constitutes medical malpractice. For a free consultation with an experienced Kamuela medical malpractice lawyer, contact Olson & Sons, L.C. You have a limited amount of time to act. Call us immediately on (808) 885-8533.