Although new technology has made medical care safer and easier than ever before, malpractice and negligence still occasionally occurs. Patients can file medical malpractice claims if a medical professional makes an error that seriously impacts their health. Here are five of the most common medical malpractice claims:
Delayed Diagnosis or Missed Diagnosis
Some illnesses are difficult to diagnose or may appear to be a different diagnosis. It’s most common for doctors to make misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses for cancer in adults and meningitis in children.
Sometimes, an individual goes the hospital and is discharged, but their symptoms soon recur and cause serious damage or even death. For example, people have been discharged from the hospital while having a heart attack or stroke.
Medical malpractice during childbirth or during prenatal care can cause nerve damage, brain injuries, birth defects, fractures, and many other issues. The doctor may fail to notice an issue before birth, such as an ectopic pregnancy or a medical condition that could affect the mother’s delivery. Doctors may also make mistakes during birth, like not noticing or responding to complications or signs of fetal distress.
If a doctor or nurse doesn’t thoroughly review a patient’s medical history, they may accidentally prescribe a drug that interacts dangerously with another medication the patient is taking.
Dosage errors are common, too. When the prescription goes from the doctor or the pharmacy, someone might miss or add a number or a decimal point. As a result, they’ll give the patient a dose that’s much too high or much too low. Both situations can be dangerous for the patient.
Most surgical errors aren’t life threatening, but they can cause nerve damage or other issues. Sometimes, though, the mistakes are much more serious. There have been cases where surgeons operate on the wrong body part or on the wrong patient. Poor communication between medical professionals can lead to dangerous mistakes in surgery.
Anesthesia errors aren’t common, but they can be serious or even fatal. They almost always lead to a medical malpractice case. An anesthesiologist may prescribe the wrong type of anesthesia, or they may administer too much or too little. In some medical malpractice claims, anesthesiologists failed to inform the patients of the risks involved if they don’t follow the surgeon’s preoperative instructions.
If you think you might be the victim of medical negligence, contact Karlin & Karlin for a free consultation.