Common Types of Medical Malpractice


Unfortunately, many people head to their local doctor's office and nearby hospitals hoping to get a good experience out of it, but end up going home unhappy. Medical professionals are like any other worker and are capable of negligence. This is why there are laws in place to protect individuals from suffering from a negligent medical professional. Here are a few common types of medical malpractice that may leave you needing a lawyer and an expert medical witness.  


Misdiagnosis

Although adequately diagnosing a patient is one of the most important parts of deciding on the best treatment for a patient, diagnoses can go wrong when symptoms aren't entirely clear. However, a misdiagnosis can cost a patient a fortune in medical bills, or worse, their life. If patients aren't treated properly due to this, a medical professional can be held liable. Common misdiagnoses include stroke, cancer, and diabetes, among others.  


Anesthesia Errors

Just like any other prescription, anesthesia can be incredibly dangerous to your health if administered incorrectly. If you think your anesthesiologist has endangered your health, you should call a personal injury law firm as soon as possible.  


Surgical Errors

It's quite easy for an error to complicate your surgery, such as being the wrong patient, wrong surgery site, wrong incision, complications, and damage to your body in general. However, surgical errors can cause severe health problems, long-term damage, and, in some cases, even loss of life.  


Prescription Drug Errors

One of the most common types of medical malpractice are prescription drug errors and affect a wide variety of people every year. Unfortunately, most cases of this misconduct either go unreported or unnoticed and have irreversible effects. Here are a few standard drug errors:


·         Wrong dosage or medication

·         Defective drug

·         Failure to expect complications

·         Illegible prescription


Unfortunately, some medical professionals can be held responsible for drug errors, such as healthcare staff, pharmacists, drug manufacturers, and doctors. So, the next time you're ready to fulfill a prescription, always make sure it's the right one.