If you have ever undergone a surgical procedure in Montana or anywhere else in the U.S., you know what it feels like to entrust your life to a team of medical professionals when entering the operating room. You may not, however, have expected to leave the OR with a surgical instrument or other foreign object left within your body. Surprisingly, incidents of retained surgical items occur more frequently than you might expect. Not only can these unexpected events cause serious damage to your body, but they can result in permanent disabilities and even death.
Whether a patient is going under the knife for a routine procedure or for an emergency operation, he or she may become the victim of a surgical error. Mistakes that occur in the operating room are just one serious form of medical malpractice, and they occur more often than some people may think. According to Medical News Today, researchers from John Hopkins University found that more than 4,000 surgical mistakes happen every year in Montana and throughout the U.S. Many believe, however, that this number is low because a number of surgical errors and other types of medical negligence go undetected and/or unreported.
Once you have discovered that you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Montana, it is important to act quickly. According to state law, you have three years from the date of the act or the date the injury was or should have been discovered to file a lawsuit. It is important to note that the state puts a five-year limit from the date of the act no matter when the injury was discovered.
Physicians in Montana may make a diagnostic error in one of several ways, such as the following:
Whether you are the victim of a negligent misdiagnosis, surgical error or medication mistake, you have encountered medical malpractice. It is a difficult situation to be in, as you are likely experiencing physical discomfort, emotional distress and financial woes.
No matter if they are seeking advice on healthy lifestyle choices or are receiving intensive treatment for a serious illness or disease, California residents regularly turn to doctors and other medical professionals for sound and trusted advice. Tragically, however, the medical treatment and care that some patients receive results in serious and even fatal injuries. Professional negligence and other forms of medical malpractice are startlingly high across the state and country, and are a major concern for patients and medical providers alike.
When you think of serious medical mistakes and incidents of medical malpractice, you may assume that most cases revolve around physician errors and/or surgical complications. Medical patients and potential malpractice claimants should keep in mind, however, that nurses often play a role in injury incidents. In fact, nursing negligence is such a prevalent issue that we here at Cok Kinzler, P.L.L.P., always strive to identify all appropriate liable parties and advocate on behalf of medical injury claimants.
The key to effectively treating many kinds of serious injuries and medical conditions is often early diagnosis. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a disease in a timely manner not only allows for prompt intervention but also goes a long way to prevent the condition in question from progressing. Unfortunately, though, medical negligence on the part of trained physicians is known to prevent many patients from receiving life-saving treatments. If you or a loved one is now forced to confront the consequences of a delayed or failed diagnosis, it is important for you to understand your legal rights and options. That is why the attorneys at Cok Kinzler, P.L.L.P., are committed to advocating on behalf of our clients and medical malpractice victims.
Montana patients may be shocked to learn that, on Dec. 17, 14 people were criminally charged for their alleged role in a meningitis outbreak that left 64 people dead. Authorities suspect that he outbreak, which occurred in 2012, was caused by the use of expired, improperly sterilized ingredients by pharmacists.
Under Montana law, there are specific limits on legal actions regarding medical malpractice cases. These limits are intended to clarify the definition of medical malpractice. They also establish time limits during which legal actions are permitted to take place.