When it comes to medical malpractice, routine procedures may not make the headlines like other operations. Nevertheless, a significant proportion of routine procedures result in injury to the patient, or even death.
According to a 2013 report from CRICO Strategies, there are six areas of routine medical practice in particular that may lead to personal injury or wrongful death. These are:
For example, a colonoscopy involves the insertion and movement of a scope through the intestinal system to detect and remove dangerous growths (called polyps).
These could include steroid injections, vaccinations, and similar routine treatments.
Some common medical procedures that involve puncturing the skin include spinal tap surgeries and dye injections for an X-ray test.
A biopsy involves the removal of a piece of tissue from the body in order to examine it for disease markers and other vital information. An example of this would be a bone marrow biopsy.
There are several different situations in which a doctor, surgeon, or other medical professional may insert tubes in a patient's mouth or other cavities. For instance, a chest tube insertion can help drain air, fluid, or blood from the area surrounding the lungs.
Common imaging procedures include CT scans, MRIs, CAT scans, X-ray exams, and so forth. These procedures often involve the use of radiation.
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While the above procedures are important aspects of good medicine, in unskilled or negligent hands they can lead to injury. Regardless of the procedure, if you or a loved one have been hurt because of negligence or error on the part of a medical professional, then you are entitled to fair compensation.
At the law offices of Smiley & Smiley, our team of experts forms the premier personal injury law firm in New York City. As such, we work hard to ensure that each one of our clients receives a fair hearing, and obtains the full amount that they are justly owed.
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