Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro, P.C.
All We Do is Injury Law
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by the negligence of a surgeon, doctor, or medical staff you probably have questions and concerns. This page is meant as a resource for you and was developed by our team of experienced North Carolina medical malpractice injury attorneys:
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Frequently asked questions
Types of Medical Malpractice
•Surgical errors - This includes anesthesia mistakes, improper sterilization, technical errors, nerve damage, unnecessary surgery, surgery on the wrong part of the body, foreign objects left in the body, and organ puncture.
• Wrong diagnosis and misdiagnosis - This includes misread x-rays, misread test results, failure to order common diagnostic tests, and ignored or missed symptoms. Commonly missed diagnoses include heart attacks, cancer, hypertension, clogged arteries, and infections.
• Negligent care - This includes the improper use of restraints, the improper administration of medication or wrong medication, hospital abuse, or lack of sufficient staff.
• Birth injury - These incidents happen during the baby’s delivery or shortly afterward. These injuries due to hospital errors may involve cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, or brain damage. The mistake may be the obstetrician's, nurses' or other treater in the maternity ward, but the common feature of these claims is the permanent, catastrophic injury to the mother or baby.
We Also Handle Nursing Home Abuse And Nursing Home Neglect Cases
When we place our loved ones into an adult care or elder care facility, we do so with the utmost love and respect, and with the assumption that they will receive sufficient care, attention, and medical support. Yet, according to CBS News, nursing home abuse is on the rise and roughly 30% of adult care facilities have been cited for abuse incidents.
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including elder physical abuse, elder emotional abuse, elder neglect, elder verbal abuse, and elder sexual abuse. Some nursing home residents may be improperly restrained, some might be given the wrong medications or over medicated, some may suffer from bedsores, infections, and unclean environments, and some may suffer daily emotional abuse from staff members.
These abuses can lead to poor quality of life, medical issues, mental issues, depression, infections, slips and falls, broken bones, and even death.
Here are the most common signs of elder neglect and abuse:
• Bruises, cuts, frozen joints, sudden weight loss or bedsores on the body.
• Soiled sheets, insects, or other signs of neglect.
• The nurse or attendant does not leave the room when you visit.
• You are sometimes unable to see your loved one when you visit.
• Your loved one seems over-medicated or withdrawn.
• Sudden changes in behavior.
• Staff inattention
• Overuse of restraints
If you see the signs of abuse or neglect in your loved one, act. We will seek justice for your elder loved one, try to prevent further abuse, and pursue the compensation you deserve.
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