Types of Medical Malpractice
If you feel like you’re a victim of medical malpractice, you may be wondering what category of medical malpractice you fall under. Here are the types of medical malpractice to help you further understand your case.
Types of Medical Malpractice | Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
A lot of conditions share certain symptoms. Yet, if a proper diagnosis isn’t made, the patient can get much worse, suffer from life-altering complications, or could die since they aren’t receiving proper or timely treatment. It’s important to note that not every misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose incident results in medical malpractice. One of the most significant determining factors is the current standard in testing for and diagnosis certain conditions or when those tests or a diagnosis would be made.
Types of Medical Malpractice | Prescription Errors
Prescription errors happen when someone is given the wrong medication, the wrong dosage, and sometimes when patients aren’t given the information they need to make an informed decision about whether they should take the medication.
Types of Medical Malpractice | Child Birth Injuries
A child birth injury can affect the mother, the child, or both patients. It can happen during prenatal care, during the labor and delivery process, or directly after the birth of the child. The failure to recognize and inform mothers of a birth defect, not performing an emergency c-section, ignoring fetal distress, and ignoring signs of preeclampsia are the most common child birth injuries. When signs of fetal distress are ignored, babies may be born with serious and permanent disabilities including a lack of oxygen to the brain, cerebral palsy, and injuries to the baby.
Types of Medical Malpractice | Surgical Errors
Surgical errors include operating on the wrong body party, the wrong side (such as a right ankle instead of the left ankle), the wrong patient, or leaving a surgical instrument inside of the patient. Surgical errors can result in pain and suffering, additional medical bills, disability, and even a serious infection. Anesthesia mistakes are often made when someone needs a surgery.
Types of Medical Malpractice | Exposure to Hepatitis, HIV, or Another Life-Altering Infection
While some forms of hepatitis are curable, some aren’t. They require expensive treatment. Improper sanitation and not following proper safety protocol puts patients at risk.
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