There are a wide variety of medical malpractice cases that can be filed against doctors, medical facilities, and other personnel. Hospital errors normally are the cause of serious injuries among patients and may lead to death. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional shows negligence or omits adequate treatment to a patient, resulting in an injury.
Medical malpractice cases can stem from a wrong diagnosis, various doctor errors, or prescription drug errors, as well as other types of negligence or failure to maintain the standard of care. Below is a list of types of medical malpractice.
When a medical error by the hospital's medical staff during child birth causes a birth injury, the family has to cope with mental anguish and misfortune. Examples of injuries at birth include cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, Erb's palsy, and brain damage.
A medical malpractice lawsuit can be brought upon doctors overseeing the delivery of babies when medical errors result in cerebral palsy in those infants. Cerebral palsy, a form of brain damage, occurs when the physician fails to detect metabolic conditions, Rh incompatibility, lack of oxygen, and other labor related dilemmas.
A doctor may be liable for a misdiagnosis if they provide treatment for the wrong disease and that treatment proceeds to harm the patient. On the other hand, the doctor can be held responsible if they fail to identify serious abnormalities like cancer or appendicitis.
A medical malpractice lawsuit may be able to be filed for failing to diagnose breast cancer efficiently or correctly. At the start of the new millennium, breast cancer cases accounted for 40 percent of the total of medical malpractice claims. The most common factors that cause doctors to fail to recognize the presence of breast cancer are:
A patient can hold their physician responsible for not seeing the signs of lung cancer before it's too late. For example, a patient may be able to sue his or her physician for not suggesting a lung cancer diagnosis even after chest x-rays and a CT scan.
Doctors and hospitals can face prosecution for medication errors when handwritten prescriptions are too difficult to read, abbreviations are written on the prescription, or two drugs with similar spellings are confused with one another. Medication mistakes happen in the ballpark of 30,000 to 180,000 times per year.
When a patient passes away because of medical negligence, it is known as wrongful death. These lawsuits are usually filed to in order settle medical costs still expected to be paid by the victim's family. Families also seek compensation for damages due to lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.
Caretakers of the elderly employed by nursing homes are often accused of medical malpractice or negligence. Medical malpractice lawsuits against elder care facilities are the result of neglect or physical abuse.
An individual harmed by a defective drug or medical device could be eligible to receive compensation from the hospital, physician, manufacturer, or distributor from which the product originated. If the victim never was informed about the item's hazardous potential, or it does not meet industry-wide regulations, there is likely a case for medical malpractice. Examples include defective pacemakers and defective defibrillators, along with potentially dangerous medications.
Other cases of medical malpractice can stem from pharmacy mistakes or medication malpractice, anesthesia malpractice and surgical errors. Examples of surgical malpractice include plastic or cosmetic surgery malpractice, unnecessary surgery, wrong site surgery, wrong tool errors or mistakes in lasik eye surgery and gastric bypass surgery.
Medical mistakes can be costly. If you have been the victim of medical negligence or malpractice, contact a medical malpractice lawyer immediately. An experienced medical malpractice attorney who is highly skilled in medical malpractice law can help you receive compensation for expensive medical bills and unnecessary pain and suffering. The medical malpractice lawyers at Morgan and Morgan have successfully represented medical malpractice victims across the country.
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