Are Medical Device Errors Considered Mississippi Malpractice?
Almost any device on earth can malfunction, but when a medical device malfunctions in a hospital during an important medical procedure with a patient, this leaves many people wondering whether this counts as malpractice. The answer can be quite complicated depending on the context. Whether you can file a Mississippi medical devices lawsuit can depend on how well maintained the device was and whether medical staff suspected a malfunction but did nothing to prevent harm to the patient. Be sure to talk to a Mississippi Medical Device Attorney if this happened to you.
Common Causes of Mississippi Medical Device Errors
Being aware of some of the most common causes of Mississippi medical device errors in hospitals is vital for detecting negligence. Without suspected negligence, you may not be
able to file a medical malpractice claim. Some errors happen randomly while other errors happen due to a lack of proper maintenance and monitoring of medical equipment. The latter is what will give you a stronger malpractice case.
The two main causes of medical device malfunctions are a lack of maintenance and user error. Lack of proper maintenance means failing to regularly check medical equipment for problems and ignoring any minor issues that come up. Minor malfunctions may not seem like a big deal at the moment, but they can lead to major problems if left unchecked. Medical staff that takes care of these minor problems right away are the ones who can avoid malpractice claims.
User errors happen when a medical professional misuses medical equipment, resulting in harm to the patient or inaccurate results. However, this can sometimes be attributed to design defects, poor testing, and confusing interfaces. This is why medical staff must become familiar with the device before using the device with patients.
Does a Mississippi Medical Device Error Excuse Malpractice?
While not every Mississippi medical device error can be attributed to the fault of a medical professional, there are certain cases when a malpractice claim could be filed. Medical staff may be liable when they frequently engage in not maintaining the device. This can mean things like:
- Not fixing equipment malfunctions
- Failing to follow equipment directions or cautions
- Being inattentive to equipment issues or minor bugs
- Not properly sterilizing medical devices before use
- Misusing medical devices
If you are unable to sue the medical professional associated with the medical device malfunction, but you are still in need of compensation, then you might have a chance at filing a Mississippi defective product claim. This type of claim sues the medical device manufacturer. Talk to a lawyer to learn more.
Medical Malpractice Attorney in Mississippi
Injuries caused by faulty medical devices can be severe. Contact the Germany Law Firm, PLLC today at (607) 487-0555 to speak with a Jackson Medical Malpractice Lawyer for a consultation about what you experienced. If negligence is suspected, then our team of Mississippi medical malpractice attorneys can help you collect the evidence needed to increase your chances of compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost income. We help clients in Jackson, Madison, Gulfport, Oxford, and other cities throughout Mississippi.