When you visit a doctor, you expect that eventually you will leave feeling better than you did going in. However, doctors make mistakes. When those mistakes rise to the level of malpractice, it’s important to hold doctors accountable for the harm they have caused.
Malpractice can occur during any stage of treatment, from the initial diagnosis to surgery to post-operative care. However, some malpractice claims are more common than others. Here are three common types of malpractice claims.
A misdiagnosis or a diagnosis that is delayed can lead to catastrophic results. You may not receive treatment fast enough to prevent further damage. In extreme cases, the failure to properly diagnose a patient can be fatal. A misdiagnosis or a failed diagnosis can occur in cases of a disease, such as cancer, or a medical event, such as heart attack or stroke.
2. Medication errors
Medicines are truly a modern miracle. However, close monitoring of their use is essential to patient health and safety. Improper dosage or administering two medications that can have adverse effects together is dangerous. In some cases, an error may involve prescribing the wrong medication entirely. Doctors need to be aware of their patient’s medical histories and any know allergies before prescribing medication.
3. Errors during surgery
You’ve probably seen stories of surgeons operating on the wrong part of the body or leaving equipment behind after sewing a patient back up. While these types of incidents grab headlines, surgical errors can happen in several other ways. Failing to monitor a patient’s vital signs can result in serious injuries. The improper administration of anesthesia can also result in significant harm.
Remember, not all mistakes are malpractice
It’s important to keep in mind that medical malpractice claims are complicated. An error made by a doctor may not rise to the level of malpractice. You must have suffered some injury caused by a doctor who failed to follow the accepted standard of care. An experienced legal professional can help explore your options regarding a malpractice claim.