In our last blog we covered our areas of practice including automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents involving personal injury. In this blog we’ll cover medical malpractice, including birth injuries, and nursing home abuse. Medical malpractice is physically and emotionally traumatic because you obtain injury from this places and people who are supposed to heal; this is why you need medical malpractice lawyers to advocate for you.


Medical Malpractice


Medical malpractice is especially egregious because both medical facilities and medical professionals are responsible. Often we think only doctors are responsible for medical malpractice, but other people and places can be held liable including:


  • Dentists
  • ER staff
  • Nursing home employees
  • Health clinics
  • Failure to monitor patients


The scope of medical malpractice is far reaching, and although most medical care takers are not intentionally trying to injure patients, missteps do happen and can look like:


  • Misdiagnosis
  • Surgical error
  • Radiology errors
  • Birthing mistakes


If medical malpractice occurs the injuries sustained can appear as:


  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding
  • AIDS


Birth injury


Giving birth should be a joyous time, but it was concluded by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) that 157,000 injuries to both mothers and their newborns have occurred in medical facilities that were avoidable. The rate of injury reported had no correlation to the mother’s socioeconomic background, as the injury rate was steady amongst all financial diversity.


Birth injury is a form of medical malpractice, and creates life-changing effects to all families involved. There are many types birth injury compensation you can seek including:


  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Bone fractures
  • Mental retardation
  • Brain damage
  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding


As with any personal injury case involving medical negligence, establishing proof is the crucial piece in filing a claim. We are here to prepare and present the facts and ensure fair compensation.


Because medical debt and caring for an injured child is overwhelmingly stressful, we do not charge upfront fees; our fees a contingency based.


Nursing home abuse

Nursing home abuse can be categorized as either personal injury or medical malpractice depending on the scenario. Elder abuse happens because seniors are a vulnerable group, often presenting with disabilities that make them less able to advocate and report for themselves.

Staffing in nursing homes also presents issues, as the employees are underpaid and they are usually understaffed. This creates the perfect situation for a patient to be overlooked in symptoms, or diagnosis overall.  


Nursing home abuse examples include:


  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bedsores
  • Sexual assault
  • Uncommunicative
  • Agitated
  • Isolated


If you suspect nursing home abuse, advocate for your loved one and theirs rights. The elderly will often feel ashamed or embarrassed to report, so ask questions and observe the surroundings. Is the home dirty? Are there safety hazards? Take inventory of the situation and contact us to help give the unprotected a voice.

Medical malpractice attorneys


If you’re involved with a general medical malpractice, birth injury, or nursing home abuse claim, please contact us, The Edwards Law Firm, for skilled attorneys who fight for justice.


We never ask for compensation upfront because we believe everyone should have access to the best legal representation.


Contact us today!