Most Common Forms of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is a form of negligence that normally occurs in medical institutions where medical practitioners are expected to prioritize the health and safety of their patient. Despite many doctors and nurses trying to do their best to provide great medical care, medical malpractice can always happen. There are various forms of negligence that can lead to these.
Here are the Most Common Forms of Medical Malpractice.
Failure to diagnose – According to research, failure to diagnose a condition is the most common physician error. Although many diseases can be easily cured, failure to diagnose a patient’s condition often delays their recovery thus causing unnecessary suffering or even lead to their death. This often occurs with complex conditions like tumours or heart diseases. The consequences of failure to diagnose are life threatening and therefore quick treatment should be employed to minimize the patient’s pain.
Medication or pharmacy errors – Each year more than a million patients are harmed due to medication errors. With the many hundreds of thousands of prescriptions written everyday errors are more likely to occur. In one such famous case, the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Hastings Law Firm took on a pill mill doctor for over-prescribing the drug Oxycontin, which led to the death of their client's daughter.
Taking an incorrect dose of medication or wrong medication can be devastating to the patient especially when it comes to children and infants. This can result into brain damage digestive problems and even psychological reactions.
Anesthesia errors – Lack of careful administration of anesthesia may result in life-threatening conditions. During the administration of anesthesia the doctor too much anesthesia or administer the drugs improperly. This can cause permanent injury or even lead to death of the patient. On the other hand, when too little anesthesia is administered, the patient can wake up in the middle of the surgery leading to pain. Therefore, the doctor should carefully administer anesthesia and monitor the vital signs of the patient during the process.
Surgical errors – Surgical errors are one of the most common types of medical malpractices. It occurs when the surgeon makes a mistake in his or her technique by cutting a blood vessel or organ, or even leaving instruments in the patient after surgery. Although most surgeries are often extremely successful, occasional mistakes by surgeons do happen.
Emergency room errors – Studies have shown that emergency rooms are often the site of preventable medical errors. When patients are brought into the emergency room, they need to be evaluated and treated immediately. All the involved paramedics from the ambulance emergency medical technicians to the emergency room physicians need to work efficiently to ensure that the patient survives. However, errors from them may result in preventable injury or even death of the patient.
Regardless of the type of malpractice, the harm caused to the patient leads to a prolonged medical treatment and a change of life of the patient. Injuries caused due to negligence by medical practitioners lead to severe harm and even death in some cases. Although in most cases proving any of these types of negligence is very hard, a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer has all the required resources to carry out a thorough evaluation of the medical process and producing sufficient evidence.
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