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The different ways malpractice can occur

Patients in Hawaii could fall victim to many different medical errors, some of which may rise to the level of medical malpractice. One common reason for malpractice claims is a delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis. Failing to diagnose a condition in a timely manner may prevent the patient from seeking the treatment that they need while it can still be effective.

Medical malpractice often occurs during childbirth or while a mother is pregnant. If a doctor misses signs of gestational diabetes or lupus, it might cause harm to the fetus. A baby could also be injured if a medical professional used forceps or a vacuum incorrectly.

Unfortunately, it can be easy to acquire an infection while in a hospital setting. Research indicates that those who aren't infected may not necessarily know the risk that they face. A study found that only 17% of medical workers tell those who are not yet infected about what could happen to them.

Medication and surgeon errors are two other common causes of medical malpractice complaints. Medication errors could occur because a patient is given the wrong medicine or incorrect dosage. Common surgical mistakes include operating on the wrong organ, puncturing an organ or leaving objects inside of a patient after a procedure has been completed.

Someone who has been harmed by a hospital error may be entitled to compensation for medical bills or other damages. These damages may include lost wages or lost future earnings caused by a doctor or surgeon's error. The person who caused the error as well as the hospital where the incident took place might be liable for damages. An attorney could use witness statements, medical records and other evidence to show that negligence played a role in causing a patient's injuries.

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