In military and Veteran’s Administration (VA) hospitals all over the country, health care providers work in an environment where their actions or inactions can mean the difference between life, permanent injury, or death.
Military medical malpractice is the result of a U.S. government employed medical professional or other VA or military medical personnel, in the performance of their duties, committing negligence that causes serious. Below are five examples of military medical malpractice that can lead to injury or death.
A health care provider may negligently fail to diagnose an illness in sufficient time to treat it effectively. He or she may negligently prescribe the wrong drug, or may negligently fail to notice a life-threatening drug interaction. He or she may negligently fail to order the correct treatment or may negligently misdiagnose an illness.
A birth injury caused by a health care provider can result in a lifetime of living with cerebral palsy or brain damage for the patient. A failure to recognize and act upon the signs of fetal distress could result in the death of the mother or child.
When cancer is not diagnosed properly due to lack of physician attention or experience or due to laboratory error, it can spread and become more invasive or difficult to treat. A misdiagnosis of cancer can also mean that treatment is not received until there is no chance of recovery.
Surgery always carries a risk, but that risk is dramatically increased when a surgeon takes out the wrong organ, administers the wrong dose of medication, or gives the wrong medication. Medical malpractice can also occur when surgery is performed on the wrong body part, the wrong surgical procedure is performed on a patient, or a foreign object, such as a surgical sponge is retained in a patient after surgery.
The sad truth is that medical malpractice causes thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Many of these wrongful deaths and injuries occur at the hands of Military and VA Veterans Administration health care providers. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligence in a military or Veteran’s Administration (VA) hospital, it is crucial to explore your options with a dedicated military medical malpractice lawyer.