Wound Care Malpractice
When a wound goes unrecognized by a medical care professional, it can lead to serious harm such as infection or even amputation. If you are a victim of this type of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to bring a claim. H Bright Lindler is a skilled North Carolina medical malpractice lawyer who has handled cases in this warehouse before with successful results. Call us today to learn more about getting started on a wound care malpractice case.
The Reasons Wound Care Malpractice May Occur
Wound care might include an existing wound that does not get properly treated. It may also be something like a cast going on you improperly which causes a wound that goes untreated and unrecognized. As mentioned, these untreated wounds can result in amputation and/or serious infection.
There are a few main factors that go into why someone might experience problems with a wound. They include:
- Not having around the clock care
- Having a medical care professional who doesn’t focus on wounds taking care of you
- Not getting proper symptom management
- Not being properly informed by doctors of the condition
#1: Lack of Around the Clock Care
Wounds require that you get 24/7 care including holidays. There shouldn’t be a prolonged period of time where your wound is unmonitored by your nurse or doctor. The standard of care does not allow for a nurse to check on you Friday morning and not look at your wound until the Monday of the following week. A lot can happen in that time that needs to be monitored so you can avoid consequences of wounds going unchecked.
Essentially if you’re in agony right now because a nurse or doctor did not give you the care that you needed because they were not available to you around the clock, you may be able to bring a claim for medical malpractice.
#2: Having a Medical Care Professional Care for You when it is Out of Their Scope of Practice
If a medical care professional steps out of their area of expertise to care for your wound, they can make mistakes that can result in you being seriously injured. You can discuss with your North Carolina medical malpractice lawyer if the claim would be against that individual or the medical facility for letting this individual practice on you.
Here are some examples of situations where a medical care professional was attending to a patient who had a wound even though that medical care professional did not have specialized experience in wound care:
There was a RN who was providing a treatment known as debridement to a wound. This RN knows that this type of care is restricted specifically for RNs. State boards can dictate what care an RN can provide meaning that when this wound has serious complications, the RN can be liable for this.
A medical care professional that is not qualified to do so ordered a topical treatment for a wound may be liable when this is not successful and results in serious harm.
#3: Improper Symptom Management
There should have been a team of people that provided care for you all in charge of different aspects of your health while you were on the path of recovery. If you are not provided this standard of care for your wound and that resulted in your serious injury, you may be eligible for compensation. This may include things such as your nutrition during recovery or pain management.
#4: Not Being Properly Informed
It is always good for your medical care professionals to communicate with you and your family about the care that you need. When you are more informed about the goings on of your condition, you can make better choices about what happens to your body. If they are more on top of communication, you may discover that there is a RN who is not specialized in wound care treating you and request you get someone more specialized to look at your case to avoid serious injury.
Medical Malpractice Cases
These cases can be brought against either the individual who was directly responsible for your harm or the facility like a hospital or urgent care that is liable for your injury. They will be the ones who are responsible for covering your damages. The compensation covers damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The insurance company representing the liable party is the ones who will actually award you this compensation. It won’t be easy. That’s why it is important to have a skilled North Carolina medical malpractice lawyer.
Call Our North Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
This is a horrible time for you. We want to try and make it easier on you by helping with the legal aspect of your life. Call H Bright Lindler today if you want a dedicated and knowledgeable North Carolina medical malpractice lawyer to work on your claim of wound care malpractice.