A medical malpractice case occurs when a medical professional harms the patient as a result of inappropriate health care. Medical malpractice cases form the most complex lawsuit types, and you will surely wonder when you have one. However, everything becomes way easier when you are aware of the most common errors that hospitals and doctors make. So, let’s find out more about that.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
This one takes up a large percentage of medical malpractice claims and is fairly straightforward. As a result of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis health complications can arise. Note that; those can be dangerous enough to cause death. What’s important here is that when misdiagnosed or provided with a delayed diagnosis, the patient will miss the opportunity to receive treatment that could have prevented any further issues.
Fetal injuries can have serious consequences. They either result in death or grave health complications throughout the life of the injured. Failure to provide necessary health care to the infants might lead to damaged nerves, bone fractures, brain injuries, etc. Remember that; medical negligence can occur long before the actual birth. During the pregnancy, while the fetus is still developing careless actions by doctors can seriously affect both the fetus and the mother. Some of the common examples of childbirth negligence are:
- failure to diagnose a cesarean section when one was necessary.
- not being ready for birth complications due to factors such as baby’s large size.
- disregarding signs of fetal distress.
- failure to identify a condition that the mother may have, such as anemia or hypoglycemia.
These errors are serious, as even small ones can result in permanent injuries, such as brain damage or even death. An anesthesiologist can make mistakes even before the actual procedure. For example, failing to investigate and rely on patient’s medical history to be prepared for complications. Anesthesiologists can also fail to inform the patient about risks that can arise if special instructions are not followed (like not eating for a certain period of time of time before surgery). Defective equipment might also affect anesthesiologist’s job for the worse.
This one is a pretty broad area. Everything starting from drug prescription counts. You might wonder how far things can go. Well, up to a doctor giving the right drug to the wrong patient or harming the patient by prescribing him/her a drug for a misdiagnosed condition. However, many medical error cases deal with dosage. Here is how that is more likely to happen:
- The doctor mentions the wrong dosage on prescription.
- The prescription is right; however, the nurse gives the wrong amount.
- Faulty equipment resulting in a large injection of drugs over a short period of time. For example, an intravenous pump with a dislodged valve can have such effect.
As if operations rooms weren’t scary enough. Anyway, better be informed about the surgical errors you might face. A surgeon can be negligent enough to operate on the wrong part or to leave a surgical instrument inside patient’s body. Nurses can also be guilty in this area. A nurse might fail to provide you with a proper post-op care, which can result in infection. Never think that you’re good as long as your surgery is finished. Medical professionals should put no less effort into creating a safe environment for your recovery.
If you find yourself in a situation where any medical professional is guilty of any of the mentioned, a good lawyer is your only option. Doing a simple research on medical malpractice will prove how difficult this area of practice is. That’s why we have lawyers who specialize only in narrow areas such as this one. And lawyers who don’t multitask are a guarantee for a successful case!