Whether you are seeking medical treatment for your general wellbeing or need invasive surgery, you expect to receive a certain quality of patient care. Most of the time this is what occurs, however sometimes a health care practitioner fails to live up to their duty to provide an acceptable treatment, which could result in bodily harm and injuries. To give you more insight into medical malpractice cases, we have compiled a list of the most common forms of medical errors that health care practitioners make.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Birth-related medical malpractice happens when a doctor or other medical professional acts negligently, potentially causing one of the following errors:
- Pregnancy or delivery injury
- Wrongful birth (when the parents would have terminated a pregnancy if a medical professional informed them of potential birth defects or complications)
- Wrongful pregnancy (when the parents’ attempt to avoid or terminate a pregnancy fails)
Birth injuries can happen to the mother, the infant, or in some cases, both due to negligence such as failing to control excessive blood loss after delivery or forgetting to monitor the child’s oxygen intake before and after delivery. The most common forms of birth injuries are fetal distress due to not enough oxygen to the brain, spinal cord injuries due to improper use of forceps, and postpartum hemorrhage.
In the United States alone approximately 12 million adults who sought outpatient medical care were misdiagnosed, according to recent studies published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, a collection of health and safety journals written by clinicians. Researchers found that in half of those total cases, the error had the potential to lead to severe harm. Inaccurate treatment or a delayed diagnosis could lead to a missed opportunity for treatment. Also, there could be issues where a patient receives care that he/she did not actually need.
To be an anesthesiologist, an individual must pay close attention to a patient before, during, and after administering medications. The role requires care, diligence, and the ability to closely monitor for any indications of distress, an allergic reaction, or any other issues that may arise. Administering anesthesia to someone during a medical procedure and not realizing that individual had a bad reaction to a procedure or medication, could prove fatal.
Mistakes Prescribing Medication
This occurs when a patient is given the wrong medication or an improper dosage of medication. A patient should also be made aware of any potential side effects of said medication as well.
This could include surgical negligence such as failing to pay attention to the patient’s vitals and thus not noticing any signs of distress. It could also be much worse, including operating on the wrong area of the body, forgetting a medical object inside a patient, or accidentally cutting into an organ.
Consult with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Our Firm
The medical malpractice cases mentioned above are some of the most common, but there are other types that could lead to injuries and even death. While figuring out what to do about a medical malpractice case can seem overwhelming at first, you should know that an experienced medical malpractice attorney can provide you with the support and counsel you require.
At Bauer Law Group, P.A., we understand the challenges that accompany a medical malpractice case. With our history of proven success, we are experienced and knowledgeable, representing a wide variety of clients with their civil litigation cases in court. We are always trial ready and prepared to fight for the type of compensation you deserve.
To book an initial consultation to discuss your medical malpractice case, contact us online or call our office at (352) 310-8169.