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Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Published By
Frank Fernandez

November 26, 2014

Medical malpractice cases encompass a wide range of behavior by a medical professional resulting in serious injury or death. While most doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers make few mistakes, medical errors can have devastating consequences when they do occur. In order to prove medical malpractice, an injured party must establish that the medical professional negligently deviated from the prevailing standard of care in their care or treatment of their patient.

Failure to Diagnosis, Incorrect Diagnosis, or Misdiagnosis

When you go to the doctor for a health-related matter, you expect them to clearly and competently diagnose your condition and to properly treat it. Delays in diagnosing the problem can lead to serious and permanent injuries and even death in some cases. Our professionals will assess the situation to see if the treating physician should have taken additional action in the case. If another professional would have handled the case differently, our attorney might be able to hold them responsible for their error.Injuries During Childbirth

Injuries to a fetus or newborn are sometimes due to medical malpractice or negligence. These might include broken bones, brain injuries, nerve damage, or cerebral palsy. Negligence also encompasses improper prenatal care that could harm the newborn, the mother, or both. Examples include failure to diagnose possible complications in the mother, failure to identify high-risk pregnancies, failure to identify birth defects, and failure to inform the mother that a Cesarean section is necessary.

Prescription Errors

Prescription errors hurt an estimated 1.5 million people across the nation annually, according to a 2006 study. These mistakes can be due to confusion in medication, the wrong prescription, or giving a prescription to the wrong patient. One of the most frequent mistakes is when the incorrect amount of a drug is given to a patient because the physician wrote the wrong dose, the wrong dose was given, or equipment malfunctioned that is designed to release the correct dose.

Surgery Errors and Anesthesia Mistakes

When a person undergoes an operation, the surgeon or nurses can make mistakes, such as leaving an instrument inside the person, puncturing an organ, or operating on the wrong side of the body. Staff might fail to provide the correct follow-up care. Anesthesiologists can also make serious mistakes that can cause serious injury, brain damage, or death. The anesthesiologist must review the person’s medical history, advise the patient of risks, give the correct amount of anesthesia, correctly intubate the patient, and correctly monitor the patient’s vital signs. A mistake in any of these areas might be considered medical malpractice.

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