Vermont Trial Lawyers Helping Vermonters Seriously Injured by Medical Malpractice
Affolter Gannon has extensive experience handling medical malpractice cases against doctors, surgeons, hospitals, and health care providers. Affolter Gannon has recovered millions of dollars in medical malpractice settlements for our clients.
Many bad outcomes from medical care are not due to negligence. Medical malpractice happens when a patient is injured due to deviation from the standard of care. Common types of medical malpractice cases are:
Failure to Diagnose a Disease or Medical Emergency
A patient may be harmed by a physician’s failure to timely diagnose and treat a condition. Doctors are required to rule out dangerous conditions. Delays in diagnosis may result in death, surgery, or may reduce the treatment options and length of a patient’s life.
- Failure to diagnose cancer.
- Failure to diagnose heart attack.
- Failure to diagnose stroke.
- Failure to diagnose brain bleeding or aneurysm.
- Failure to diagnose spinal cord injury.
- Failure to diagnose infections.
- Failure to diagnose fractures.
Surgeons are required to use current surgical techniques and equipment so that procedures are performed as safely as possible. Although surgeries carry risks, certain types of injuries are avoidable if the proper surgical technique is used. Please call us at 802-878-2797 for a free consultation.
Lack of Informed Consent
Many medical procedures involve risk. Informed consent is the process of providing information to the patient and getting the patient’s agreement to a medical procedure. The doctor is responsible to give the patient information about potential complications so the patient can make a knowing decision whether to undergo the treatment or procedure.
Doctors typically require patients to sign a consent form detailing the risks of surgeries and procedures. Signing a form alone does not necessarily prove that the patient gave informed consent. The patient must understand the risks he or she faces. If a doctor does not get a patient’s informed consent, and the patient would not have opted for the treatment if they knew the risks, the patient may be able to sue the doctor for medical malpractice.
Injuries During Birth & Delivery of a Child
Some of the most tragic medical malpractice cases involve injuries to babies during labor and delivery. These injuries can occur for many reasons, including the doctor’s failure to perform a timely Cesarean Section or failure to monitor. Many of these injuries are devastating and result in lifelong injuries. The most serious include Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and Brachial Plexus injuries.
At Affolter Gannon, we understand the catastrophic impact birth trauma can have on a family. We have experience representing the children and their families who have suffered permanent injuries due to medical negligence during the delivery and birth process.