Bob takes his child, Peter, to the Emergency Room for treatment of a fever, rash and abnormal behavior. The admitting nurse tells Bob to take a seat and wait for Peter to be called. An hour passes.
Peter is getting worse and the concerned father approaches the admitting nurse to request if his son can be seen soon. The nurse dismisses the sickness as a typical fever and tells the father to wait. Another hour passes and another. The father continues to approach the nurse, showing her signs of his son’s deteriorating condition to no avail.
At the fifth hour, the father can wait no longer. As soon as he sees the opportunity, he bursts through the Emergency Room’s doors, holding his son in his arms. He demands to be seen and doctors quickly realize this is not a typical fever.
An onslaught of tests and procedures are performed. In the end, this little boy barely survives. To save his life from the deadly disease, doctors must amputate both of his legs, a hand and an arm. Such extreme measures had to be taken because of the delayed treatment Peter received. If he had been seen immediately, the chance of amputation would have been almost non-existent.
Sadly, the above scenario is based upon facts of a case I personally handled. Medical malpractice lawsuits result from a vast variety of negligent or careless mistakes from doctors, nurses, or a medical center. A delay in treatment that results in injuries that would have otherwise been avoided is a serious medical malpractice and should be handled by a lawyer with experience.
There are several problems that can arise from delayed treatment. Delaying treatment can have very serious and even deadly consequences. Many conditions are life-threatening if left untended but can be remedied quickly with proper, timely treatment. The medical problems that can most quickly become dangerous if left untreated include:
- Malignant Tumors
- Blockages in Veins and Arteries
- Strokes and Seizures
- Heart or Brain Issues
- Aggressive cancers
Side effects of delayed treatment can be life threatening issues such as brain damage and/or organ damage or complete failure, hemorrhages, semi or permanent disabilities, paralysis, infections, blood flow disruptions, and sometimes even death.
Along with these serious health implications resulting from delayed treatment, there are also numerous legal implications as well. When a patient is denied care or care is delayed, for instance, a medical center refuses treatment, and in turn this delay causes or worsens the injury, there is a good chance there is a successful medical malpractice case.
There is a statute of limitations on delayed treatment cases in California. Hiring Moseley Collins as soon as delayed treatment is suspected as a cause of a major issue ensure you don’t miss the deadline set forth by the statutes of limitations on these types of cases.
California law states that a medical malpractice suit must be filed no more than 3 years after the injury took place or 1 year from the date it should have been apparent. The law is slightly different for those under the age of 6. In those cases the statute may last until the child’s eighth birthday.
Not only are these types of cases financially stressful but also emotionally and physically. Knowing that you or your loved one suffers because of a careless error by medical staff is often more painful than any physical malady.
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If you or a loved one have suffered the devastating effects of a delayed treatment and are now experiencing injuries as a result, please call Moseley Collins. Moseley specializes in winning medical malpractice cases in the cities of Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs. He has over 40 years of experience and has recently won a medical malpractice case that resulted in the largest settlement of its kind in the history of California. Call Moseley today for help.
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