Medical malpractice can result from a patient experiencing harm or injury from a licensed medical professional who did not meet the standard of care demanded by their profession. The majority of care patients receive from licensed medical professionals does meet acceptable medical industry standards. Actual medical malpractice is rare but does happen.
Research has been conducted concerning misdiagnoses of medical conditions. The study illustrated misdiagnosing a patient’s condition is a common form of physician error. The most commonly misdiagnosed diseases are masses inside the body, infections, blood clots in the lung, heart attacks as well as heart disease. Patients do not always have clear symptoms. This situation can easily result in a misdiagnoses. In many cases, the effects of a misdiagnoses can be serious. It could result in a condition that is life-threatening or even fatal. It is possible for a physician to spend too much time treating the wrong medical condition.
Errors Of Anesthesia
This type of error is more dangerous to a patient than any other type of mistake that can be made during surgery. A slight miscalculation by an anesthesiologist can cause a person to develop brain damage. It could also result in some type of permanent injury as well as death. It is possible for an anesthesiologist to have committed medical malpractice should they not have properly investigated a patient’s medical history. It’s also possible for them to administer an unnecessary amount of anesthesia to a patient. An anesthesiologist could also make a medical mistake by not informing a patient of all the risks associated with not following preoperative instructions. This could involve advising a patient to not eat for a specified period of time before their surgical procedure. They could also use defective equipment or fail to properly monitor a patient’s vital signs during surgery and more.
Errors in Administering Or Prescribing Medication
This is a very common type of medical malpractice. It’s possible for this to occur from a patient being administered the incorrect medication. They could also have been given too large or too small of a dose when it comes to necessary medication. In some situations, the pharmacy involved with filling the prescription could provide the wrong medication. Nurses, as well as physician’s assistants, could provide the incorrect medication as well as the wrong amount of it. Should someone within the medication chain such as the physician, the nurse or pharmacist transpose or miss a decimal point, too little or too much medication will be provided.
Negligent Long-Term Treatment
During the course of long-term medical treatment, it’s possible for medical negligence to occur. It can happen in subtle ways such as a failure to follow up with necessary treatment. A physician will create a treatment plan to address a patient’s injury or illness. It’s essential all licensed medical professionals involved with the treatment follow-up regularly with the patient. It is important to monitor the performance of the treatment plan. It’s possible a nurse will administer a treatment that is part of the plan but isn’t able to make medical decisions concerning the the next step in the treatment. They aren’t qualified to determine if the treatment should be continued, changed or stopped. Should a physician not regularly review the treatments with regular follow-up determinations, it is a type of medical malpractice. Should this result in a patient experiencing side-effects, injury or other damage, the physician may be held liable.
Every time a person has any type of surgery, they are at risk to develop an infection. Licensed medical professionals involved with post-surgery care are responsible to observe any signs of an infection and immediately provide treatment. It is possible for a physician to not properly monitor or follow-up with a patient after a surgical procedure. Should an infection develop, the physician and others involved with providing the post-surgery care could be held liable should the patient experience harm or injury from an infection.
A common type of medical malpractice involves childbirth. It is estimated that approximately 20 percent of all medical malpractice lawsuits are filed against physicians involved with child delivery. This is also a very difficult case to prove. A physician’s errors can result in newborns having serious health problems. There are even more health problems that can affect newborns which are completely unrelated to the actions of a physician.