The consequences of medical malpractice can extend for a long period of time and dramatically impact the lives of victims and their families. Victims of medical malpractice should be familiar with the different types of medical malpractice and the legal protections available to help them.
Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis
When there has been a failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, it can make the victim worse and they may become more ill. A failure to diagnose can occur for a variety of reasons including when the medical professional fails to order the appropriate tests or accurately interpret them; fails to review the patient’s medical history; or for other reasons.
Surgical errors can occur when the wrong patient is operated on; when the patient is operated on the wrong area of their body, which is commonly referred to as wrong site surgery; or when a foreign object is left in the patient.
Medication errors can occur in a variety of different ways including if the patient receives the wrong medication, the wrong dose or if the patient’s medical history and current medications are not properly reviewed and the patient has a bad reaction.
Medical malpractice can cause victims physical and financial damages and can also undermine their faith in the medical care they receive and the trust they placed in their medical provider. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims and their families through the struggles they face because of medical malpractice.