When a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional commits malpractice, the consequences can be devastating. A victim of medical malpractice can suffer serious, lifelong complications and injuries or even death. Porzio’s Plaintiffs' team represents those patients who are unable to work, attend school, or care for themselves or others due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, technician, or therapist. Our experience allows us to assess potential claims efficiently, and to then litigate and resolve them favorably.
At Porzio, we have attorneys, nurses, paralegals, and administrative staff that specialize in medical malpractice cases. In fact, Porzio has represented victims of medical malpractice for over 50 years. Here are some of the different types of malpractice cases that we handle most frequently.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer
A doctor is not responsible because a patient has cancer. However, a doctor can be responsible for failing to diagnose that cancer, robbing the patient of the ability to fight the disease in its early stages. The earlier cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better chance the patient has to recover and live a normal life. When a diagnosis is missed or delayed, it can mean additional surgeries, painful and prolonged treatments, or even a premature death.
The most common cancers that doctors and other medical professionals miss include breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colon cancer.
Surgery entails significant risk to any patient. Sometimes a bad outcome during surgery is the result of a known and accepted risk of the procedure, and not malpractice. At other times, someone on the surgical team makes a mistake, causing a severe injury, or even death. Because many surgeries involve a large team and can take hours to complete, our team spends considerable time piecing together the events and lining up the required expert witnesses. We handle matters involving a variety of surgical errors including those related to:
- Injuries to surrounding organs
- Spine surgery
- Retained sponge or instrument
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cases involving women’s health issues include many different medical conditions. Gynecologic malpractice can include surgical errors, such as perforating a bowel while performing a laparoscopic hysterectomy, or the delayed diagnosis of cancer. Obstetrical malpractice involves harm to a baby, and sometimes the mother, during the pregnancy, labor, or delivery of a newborn. Those cases can include:
- Failure to diagnose and treat pre-eclampsia
- Cerebral Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia/Erb’s Palsy
A malpractice case against an orthopedic surgeon may be based on, for example, the failure to diagnose a fractured bone, the failure to properly follow an injury, the decision to treat a condition conservatively instead of surgically, or a surgical mistake, causing the patient’s existing condition to worsen significantly.
Infant Hip Dysplasia
The condition, where a newborn baby's hip is partially or even completely dislocated, is known as hip dysplasia. A physician’s failure to diagnose hip dysplasia promptly can worsen the condition. A late diagnosis means more significant treatment, including prolonged casting and surgeries, and a worse prognosis.
A patient who develops blood clots while under the care of a doctor, or who develops consequences associated with that blood clot, may have the basis for a medical malpractice case.
Malpractice can occur when a radiologist misses a positive finding, such as a tumor on a mammogram, ultrasound or CT scan, or a fracture on an x-ray. These cases are especially challenging because the radiology study usually is not clear, as structures are shown in shades of gray.
Doctors order and perform medical tests to help diagnose a patient’s condition. Errors in the interpretation of these tests can sometimes lead to catastrophic consequences.
Failure of medical professionals to diagnose genetic chromosomal abnormalities in a fetus may cause the baby to be born with a devastating condition. In such cases, the child and parents may be compensated for the cost of extraordinary care necessary to raise a child with significant disabilities, as well as for the emotional distress associated with bearing and raising a child with such significant disabilities.
When another’s negligence not only causes grievous injuries, but also leads to the death of the injured party, then the estate may seek compensation for the untimely death of a loved one. In wrongful death cases, the estate may seek compensation both for the injured party’s pain and suffering as well as for the pecuniary, or financial loss, to those who were dependent upon the deceased. This does not just mean lost wages, but also the financial equivalent of the care, guidance, companionship, and support that the deceased provided to others. We work with economists and other experts to evaluate and prove these losses.
Nursing Home Malpractice
When medical providers at a nursing home cause harm to a patient, they may be held responsible. The negligence in these settings may involve an individual caretaker, or relate to an institution’s systemic failure.