If you experienced injury or lost a loved one in the Georgia health care system, you may feel certain the staff or facility is to blame. You may be right. Even so, proving your suspicions requires evidence. This helps you to make a strong enough case to hold the right parties accountable for their actions — or, as the case may be, their inaction.
Medical staff often do everything they can to cover their tracks when they realize something has gone wrong. The more serious the consequences of their actions, the more likely this is. Because of this, finding evidence to prove or disprove medical malpractice requires attention to detail. It also calls for experience in the field.
Common preventable medical mistakes
A recent study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine believes that these are some of the most common preventable errors in medicine to look out for:
- Improper transfusions and adverse drug events
- Wrong-site surgery and surgical injuries
- Restraint-related deaths or injuries
- Mistaken patient identities
Another study published by the NLM found that there are certain root causes of medical malpractice. When investigating your case, an experienced lawyer and expert witnesses look out for these. These professionals then determine if any of the core problems may have contributed to your suffering. Some of these causes include inconsistency when following procedures, failing to obtain proper consent and inadequate methods of verifying a patient’s identity.
Evidence of negligence
All this information just barely scratches the surface of what the lawyers at Cook & Tolley, LLP, along with the medical experts they consult, comb through when looking for evidence of negligence. Medical records can include thousands of pieces of data to piece together. What may seem trivial to the untrained eye may signal a red flag for someone who has spent years studying medical malpractice cases.
Over time, we have become familiar with not just common causes and sources, but also the cover-up practices medical staff may resort to. We can then follows the breadcrumbs of information the documents leave behind. This is why it is important to work with lawyers who listen carefully to your story. We then dig deep to find out what went wrong while you received medical care.