Neurology Highly Impacted by Medical Malpractice
Neurology is the “branch of medicine or biology that deals with the anatomy, functions, and organic disorders of nerves and the nervous system,” including the brain and spinal cord. Neurologists and neurosurgeons are doctors and surgeons who specialize in treating disorders of and injuries to the nervous system. They use tests to assess muscle strength and movement, reflexes, balance, cognition, and memory. It is a highly selective specialty for medical students, meaning that only the most outstanding candidates are chosen for residencies in neurology and neurosurgery. Despite this fact, neurology remains one of the most common specialties for medical malpractice claims.
In a standard 30-year career, more than half of neurologists can expect to be sued for medical malpractice. In addition to the sheer percentage of neurologists who are sued for malpractice, neurology remains the one of the top specialties with regard to average claim payout (over $300,000). There are a few unique aspects of the specialty that contribute to the frequency and cost of neurology medical malpractice cases:
- Intrinsic difficulty in treating neurological disorders;
- Highly increased numbers of neurological drugs;
- Invasive procedures that raise the standard of care;
- Growth in diagnostic tests.
Negligence in Neurology
One of the biggest sources of medical malpractice in neurology is diagnostic error, though other possibilities include prescription errors, instrument injury, problems with referrals to other doctors, negligent performance of procedures, or negligent delay of performance of procedures or tests. Multiple small-scale studies have shown the real breakdowns to be in communications, with challenges arising in communications between doctor and patients, as well as between multiple doctors. These errors can lead to severe brain injury, with patients experiencing symptoms ranging from tinnitus, dizziness, and nausea to severe headaches, confusion, hemorrhage, memory loss, and seizure.
Neurology malpractice can have devastating results due to the crucial and sensitive parts of the body involved, namely the brain and spinal cord. Negligence in the specialty of neurology or neurosurgery can result in serious irreparable damage, leaving a patient with paralysis, chronic pain, or brain damage. In the worst cases, it is a close family member who is left considering legal action after a neurologist’s negligence results in the wrongful death of a family member.
Did you seek out a neurologist or neurosurgeon to help with frightening symptoms, only to discover yourself suffering more than before? You may be eligible to receive damages that can cover medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. You may be grieving the loss of a loved one whose death you believe to be wrongful and the result of someone’s negligence. Let us help. Wagner Reese is an Indianapolis-based personal injury law firm with years of experience pursuing medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. Call us now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.