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Understanding the Risk of Medical Malpractice

With personal health, we naturally trust medical professionals to care for us with their  best interests. Unfortunately, in the event of medical malpractice, a patient could end up in a condition worse off after visiting the hospital. A medical professional’s negligence could result in additional injury or even death.

3 Common Medical Malpractice Occurrences

Medical malpractice is the negligent care of a medical professional resulting in a patient’s suffering. This negligent care is commonly seen in these three instances.


Medical negligence is very common during a patient’s pregnancy. According to a study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly one-fifth of medical malpractice cases in the study involved an injured newborn child. If a medical professional fails to identify an issue during pregnancy, the newborn could suffer from injury or illness. Additionally, if a doctor gives insufficient care during childbirth, the newborn may be at risk for injuries. .

Errors in anesthesia

Prior to surgery, it is common for the patient to take an anesthetic. Unfortunately, there are several errors that could occur during anesthesia. Common anesthesia errors include giving the patient the wrong dosage of an anesthetic, or leaving a patient unattended while under anesthesia. These medical mistakes could cause birth defects, loss of bodily function, or coma.


Errors in diagnosis are also common forms of medical negligence.Doctors have a responsibility to their patients to give an accurate and timely diagnosis. However, this is not always the case. There are two types of diagnostic errors:

  1. Misdiagnosis – Misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor diagnoses the patient with an illness that they do not have. In this instance, the patient often spends time and money treating an illness that is not actually present.
  2. Failure to diagnose – A doctor may also fail to diagnose the correct illness. This means that the patient’s medical condition could have worsened while under medical attention, and that patient may take legal action.

Contact Colley & Colley

Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience producing successful results for our clients, including:

  • A $1.9 million settlement against a physician for the infection of an IV injection.
  • A $2 million recovery from a physician and hospital for negligence during the delivery process.

If you or a loved one have fallen victim to the negligent care of a medical professional, you are entitled to receive compensation for any damage you have suffered due to malpractice. Let Colley & Colley seek justice for your case! For a free consultation, contact Colley & Colley in Austin, Texas.