In the United States, there are more than one million people that fall into a coma each year. A coma is a medical condition where a person is unconscious. The duration of a coma varies between patients. However, when a coma lasts longer than a few weeks, it is likely that the patient will not recover and may remain in this vegetative state. While a coma may occur as a result of an unexpected accident or terminal illness, it may also occur as a result of medical negligence.
Common errors that may result in a patient falling into a coma include the following:
- Failing to treat high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia’s, cholesterol, or diabetes, among others that may result in stroke, heart attack, or diabetic coma;
- Failing to monitor vitals during surgery;
- Failing to evaluate a patient’s chart for allergies;
- Failing to diagnose internal abdominal bleeding in a timely manner;
- Over administering medication, chemo therapy, or radiation; and
- Anesthesia errors, among others.
It is important for medical conditions to be properly diagnosed as early as possible in order to avoid an otherwise preventable event from occurring that may result in a patient falling into a coma. Commonly, malpractice occurs when a clinician fails to timely and properly diagnose and treat a patient with an illness and, as a result, the patient is harmed.
In New York State, a plaintiff must show:
- The clinician had a duty of care;
- The duty of care to the patient was breached; and
- That breach was the proximate cause of the patient’s injuries.
A victim of a medical error that resulted in a coma may be able to recover damages for the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Lost wages, among others.
If you or someone you love was a victim of a medical error that resulted in a coma, it is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Contact the Brooklyn medical malpractice lawyers at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC to vigorously represent you and fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. Contact (718) 238-2400 to schedule a consultation with our medical malpractice lawyers today. Call us today for a free consultation at (718) 238-2400 or (212) 779-2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.