Types of Medical Malpractice
No one likes going to the doctor. In fact, if a poster showing the errors a doctor could make was hung in every office, you may just turn around and walk right out the door! Here is a list of some of the types of medical errors, which can lead to malpractice:
- Anesthesia errors
- Drug interactions
- Errors during or after a medical procedure
- Failure to diagnosis a condition
- Failure to treat a condition or treat the condition correctly
- Late diagnosis
- Medication given to the wrong patient
- Surgical errors
- Wrong condition diagnosis
- Wrong medication or over-dosage
Medical errors do not just occur in a doctor’s office by doctors. They can happen in hospitals, long-term care facilities and clinics. Professionals such as surgeons, nurses, dentists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, aids, administrators, maintenance managers, etc. can all make a mistake that can change your quality of life forever. Cases of medical errors can also cause a wrongful death of a loved one.
If you or a family member has sustained a medical error caused by a medical professional’s negligence, it will be difficult to prove. You will need to have accurate medical records, and keep any documentation that relates to the mistake so you can present it to a personal injury lawyer.
Not all cases of medical malpractice get to a courtroom. Oftentimes the case is settled out of court and the patient will receive a settlement for pain and suffering, medical and other expenses, and loss of income if he or she cannot work.
Research is the key to knowing and understanding what treatment you should receive. You should select your doctor with the utmost consideration. Before you agree to any procedure, make sure you understand the facts and risks involved. If you are unsure, ask questions or seek a second opinion.