It’s no secret that we place large amounts of trust in medical professionals keep us healthy. It is the doctor’s responsibility to correctly diagnose and execute the treatment of a patient’s medical ailment. Most of the time, the doctor succeeds and we can enjoy a healthier life. However, there are times when a doctor fails to do his or her job, and this has a huge negative impact on the patient’s well-being. Unfortunately, the threat of medical malpractice exists in every procedure and treatment a doctor performs.
Here are 3 of the most common types of medical malpractice:
Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
A large percentage of all medical malpractice claims derive from a doctor’s incorrect diagnosis of a patient’s medical condition. A misdiagnosis occurs when a medical doctor incorrectly identifies the medical issues of a patient. When a doctor fails to properly diagnose a patient, that patient could be taking medication and undergoing treatment for a medical condition that the patient does not have. This means that it is possible for the patient’s circumstances to worsen due to a misdiagnosis. If a patient has been negatively affected by a flawed diagnosis, then that patient may be able to pursue a legal action.
Negligence during pregnancy or childbirth
Medical malpractice in the form of a childbirth error could result in a fetal injury or birth defect in the newborn child. The two common forms of childbirth errors are negligent care during pregnancy and negligence while delivering the baby. A physician’s negligent care during pregnancy could include the failure to identify and prevent possible birth defects, and the failure to diagnose a mother’s medical condition that requires additional care during pregnancy. Negligence during the act of childbirth typically involves a failure to identify birth complications, such as a tangled umbilical cord or issues regarding the size of the baby.
There are several potential errors that a doctor may face during surgery. Each of the following are the most common errors in surgery, and could be reason for a medical malpractice claim:
- Harm to organs might occur during surgery and could have a lasting impact on your health by possibly limiting that organ’s ability to function.
- Using unsanitary tools or operating in an unsanitary environment could cause infection near the site of the surgery. The surgeon is at fault for any unsanitary surgical equipment used in an operation. The misuse of an anesthetic is another common error in surgery. This could lead to long term nerve damage in the patient.
If you have experienced any of the above forms of medical malpractice, please reach out to us at Colley & Colley.