What Are the Most Common Examples of Medical Malpractice?

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 11:57am by

Photo of surgeryA medical malpractice case comes about when a patient is in some way harmed by the negligent actions or inactions of a doctor, a nurse, or other medical staff. Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., meaning there are enough to see that certain types of errors happen more than others. Here are some of the most common examples of medical malpractice.

  • Misdiagnosis – Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis make up the larger portion of medical malpractice cases. In situations where a physician either wrongly diagnoses or does not diagnose a patient in a reasonable amount of time, the patient could be seriously harmed or even die from not receiving the proper treatment for the proper diagnosis.

Proving that a doctor made a wrong diagnosis or failed to make a diagnosis in time usually involves comparing the decisions of the doctor in question to how other physicians may have handled the patient in similar circumstances. If another doctor could have conceivably come up with a correct diagnosis in a reasonable amount of time, then you may have a case.

  • Birth Injury – The negligence of any medical staff before or during the birth of a child could lead to a variety of different birth injuries including brain damage, nerve damage, or death. Mothers may also be harmed during the birth.

Negligence during prenatal care such as failing to diagnose potential birth defects, medical conditions of the mother, or prescribing harmful medicines could lead to birth injury

Negligence during the birth could also lead to serious harm of the baby or the mother. For example, failing to identify complications and come up with solutions efficiently, or failing to perform a C-section if necessary, could lead to avoidable injury.

  • Surgery Mistakes – Surgical errors are often some of the scariest examples. Medical malpractice may occur if a surgeon operates on the wrong part of the body, damages an organ, or even leaves surgical tools in the body. Serious infections, disfigurements, and death can and have occurred due to negligence in the operating room.
  • Prescription Errors – Prescribing the wrong medicine or the wrong dose can also have a devastating effect. Doctors may prescribe a drug that the patient has a history of being allergic to or a drug that reacts negatively with another prescription. More often than not however, medication errors occur when a doctor prescribes too much or too little of something.

Donald G. Targan & AssociatesAtlantic City Medical Malpractice Lawyers


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