The Different Types of Medical Malpractice Cases That Can Occur Today

Have you ever been ignored or mistreated by a doctor?

You go to the doctor when feeling ill and put your wellbeing in their hands so they can heal you. But too often, doctors skip steps and fail to follow safety protocols at the expense of your health.

These negligences are malpractices.

There are many types of medical malpractice. Read the guide to understand what they are and how they could relate to you.

Types of Medical Malpractice

When people go to a doctor’s office, they are entrusting their personal symptoms with doctors in the hopes of finding relief to their pain and suffering. However, some doctors in the healthcare industry abuse their title by focusing more on money and patient intake versus providing you with the proper care.

Mistakes at the hands of medical professionals can leave the patients with permanent injuries and mental/emotional distress that affects them for the rest of their lives. Here are some common medical malpractice suits:

Surgical Errors

A majority of malpractice errors occur before, during, and after a surgical procedure. They are called “never events” because the medical professional admits that the errors should never occur.

They include: 

  • Organ Damage
  • Anesthesia Errors¬†
  • Inadequate post-op care
  • Incorrect/Unnecessary procedures
  • Equipment left in a patient

There is a common misconception that by signing agreements before surgery, they cannot sue. Just because you acknowledge the risks does not mean the doctor is allowed to cause harm by administering poor care tactics.

MisDiagnosis

This type of malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to diagnose the correct illness or does not diagnose, resulting in a lack of proper treatment for the patient. The medical professional fails to follow protocols other doctors would, which results in patient harm.

Delayed Diagnosis

Similar to misdiagnosis, malpractice by delayed diagnosis is when a patient receives an incorrect diagnosis but then eventually receives the correct one sometime later. As a result of not being properly assessed, the condition worsens from improper treatment.

Failure to Treat

The patient receives the right diagnosis but isn’t given the proper care to treat it. This often happens when doctors cycle through patients for a profit. They’ll release a patient too soon or neglect their duties to give the next steps for recovery.

Birth Injury

Negligence before, during, or after the birth of a child occurs to hundreds of families monthly, and legal experts like Mary Alexander and Associates discover more cases every year. It’s a heartbreaking situation when either the mother or baby or both in some circumstances are injured or die on a joyful day at the hands of another’s mistakes.

It’s a difficult decision for parents to pursue legal action in the midst of recovering, but if both you and your child become hurt due to improper care procedures, you can file two separate claims for you and your child.

Take Charge of Your Medical Care

Making sure your health team follows all the necessary steps will give you a chance at preventing these types of medical malpractice. But if you monitor their care practices and feel at the end that the care you received resulted in injury and suffering, you have the right to report it by filing a claim.

Take charge of your care today.

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