Hospitals, doctors, and nurses are often involved in medical practice lawsuits. The case arises when patients are not provided proper health care treatment. Proper medical treatment means different things to people. One person might think the treatment is perfect while others in the same situation find it to be awful. The list below will help bring clarity to the most common types of medical malpractice lawsuits.
One of the most common physician errors is misdiagnosing a condition such as heart disease, heart attack, tumor masses and pulmonary embolism. Misdiagnosing these conditions can be life-threatening for the patient. Sometimes it can be fatal. Physicians that misdiagnose patients often spend time focusing on other health ailments instead of treating the real issue.
Mistakes in Administering or Prescribing Medication
Prescribing the wrong medication for treatment and administering the wrong amount of medication are frequent mistakes made by medical professionals. While it’s never intentional, it still puts the patient’s health and life at risk.
There have been a few other scenarios that lead to malpractice lawsuits such as the medical assistant administering the wrong medication to the patient and pharmacists giving out the wrong medication. Sometimes a simple misplacement of a decimal point can lead to the wrong amount of medication getting administered to a patient.
Pregnancy and Childbirth Negligence
Common medical malpractice issues during pregnancy and childbirth include the following.
- Premature babies
- Nerve injury or shoulder dystocia to the baby during labor
- Hemorrhage of the mother during pregnancy or labor
- Unexplained or excessive vaginal bleeding
- Surgical negligence during a Caesarian section
- Negligence administering anesthesia during a Caesarian
- Placenta previa
- Placental abruption
- Excessively long labor that causes injury to the baby and mother
- Mother’s development of gestational diabetes
Common surgical errors include the following.
- Performing the wrong operation on the patient
- Nerve damage
- Leaving a foreign object inside the patient
- Failing to control bleeding
Now that you are aware of the most common types of medical malpractice by doctors, surgeons, nurses, and hospital personnel, do you have a case? If you haven’t experienced medical malpractice, perhaps a loved one has. The information listed above will help you determine if you or a loved one has potential to open a case.
If you think you might have a case, gather the information related to the situation. This includes medical documents, names of hospital personnel or anyone that was involved. Next, you need to contact an attorney to confirm if you have a case or not. Take action today and make an appointment.