Tragically, medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional fails to meet the standard of care while treating a patient, and the failure results in major injury, trauma, or death. There are many different scenarios that give rise to medical malpractice. Health care professionals are people, and people make mistakes. This leads to thousands of medical malpractice victims every year. Below are five common categories of medical malpractice cases. If you or a loved one went through one of these situations, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney to review your case.
One of the most common causes of a medical malpractice lawsuit is a doctor misdiagnosing an illness, which prevents adequate treatment. A misdiagnosis is exactly what it sounds like— an incorrect diagnosis of an illness/condition. This often occurs when a doctor either ignores certain symptoms/warning signs or does not provide adequate testing to properly diagnose an illness. A misdiagnosis can lead to unnecessary treatments (extra tests, procedures, etc.), inappropriate treatment (wrong medicine, etc.), or no treatment at all. All of which can make the patient’s actual condition worse while the true illness/condition simultaneously goes undiagnosed.
Hospitals and doctor’s offices are places where the sick and diseased go seeking help for their illnesses. However, if the hospital doesn’t have proper protocols set up, patients with weakened immune systems can be exposed to fungus, bacteria, viruses, etc., which then causes additional health problems. HAIs are common when medical staff does not properly sanitize themselves, the equipment, or the medical center in general. Another cause is failure to administer proper antibiotics. HAIs are serious conditions and can lead to death in worst-case scenarios.
Childbirth Medical Malpractice Errors
Errors in childbirth can affect not just one but potentially two people— the newborn baby and its mother. Birth defects can happen naturally, but sometimes defects are a direct cause of medical malpractice during birth. Cerebral palsy is an example of a sometimes-preventable lifelong condition as a result of negligent care during birth. In addition, the mother can also become injured during birth, occasionally leading to death.
Medication errors can either be from a doctor prescribing improper treatment or a pharmacist neglecting to fill prescriptions properly. For those who are reliant on certain medications to survive, an improper dose can be fatal. Medication errors can also cause conditions to worsen and occasionally even make the illness terminal.
Surgical medical malpractice errors are sourced from surgeons or medical staff who make a drastic mistake during surgery. This can lead to unnecessary disfigurement, body system damages such as brain damage, or even death.
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Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Cardaro & Peek, LLC today.
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