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Most common types of medical malpractice

Doctors are trained to spot illness early and treat it efficiently. However, when a medical professional makes a mistake, it can lead to severe injury or death for their patients. There are many ways that one can be affected by medical negligence, which we will look at more in this post. 

Misdiagnosis

When a doctor fails to diagnose something that is medically wrong with you, the law may hold them accountable. Similarly, if you go to a doctor displaying symptoms of a certain illness and they fail to diagnose it or diagnose the wrong issue, you may be able to file a medical malpractice suit.

Medication error

There are many ways that doctors can make a careless mistake regarding medicating their patients. If a doctor prescribes a patient the wrong medication, dispenses the wrong amount of a drug or does not monitor a patient when taking the medication, there are serious consequences. Improper medication of an individual can be dangerous, and the law may hold doctors responsible.

Surgery error

Surgery has one of the highest risks of medical negligence. When a surgeon makes a preventable mistake during a patient’s surgery, catastrophic injuries or death can occur. However, these errors do not necessarily need to occur during the procedure. If a surgeon decides that a surgery needs to happen, but is in fact unnecessary, they can be held negligent.

Failure to follow-up

When medical professionals fail to follow up with you after you have had tests, the results can be fatal. Patients should be told their test results even if they do not contain bad news. If a doctor fails to follow up with you, you may be able to take legal action against them.

Pregnancy and birth injury

Individuals who are pregnant need proper care from their doctors throughout the entire pregnancy. If a doctor does not make sure that the baby is developing properly, taking care of the mother or monitoring for birth defects, it can cause permanent damage to both mother and child. Similarly, if there are preventable complications during the birth, a doctor can be held accountable.

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