Medical malpractice often gets covered in the news. The big cases are worth millions, and the details often make for good reading that sells magazines and newspapers and gets people to read blogs.
However, for all that, most people don’t know what medical malpractice consists of, which means they can’t protect themselves against it in the future.
To help shed some light on the topic, here are some of the most common medical malpractice issues that arise in lawsuits:
- Surgical error
Everyone has seen the images of medical tools left inside people after a surgery or heard the stories of surgeons operating on the wrong person or the wrong body part. Those can be amusing stories when they happened to someone else, but they are worryingly common and could happen to anyone.
- Missed diagnosis
We often assume what our doctor says is the full truth, but doctors are prone to jump to conclusions just like anyone else. Sometimes they get it wrong, and that can lead to awful results, from diseases left untreated to painful treatments that were unnecessary.
- Birth injuries
Turning a beautiful moment into a tragic one through birth injuries should not happen, but it is common, and the medical professionals responsible should be held accountable.
- Medication errors
Giving someone the wrong medicine can have seriously negative effects. Not only does it expose someone to side effects from taking the wrong drug, it leaves the disease (or pain or other issue) that is the problem completely untreated.
- Anesthesia errors
Whether it leaves the person in pain during an operation or exposes the person to great risk (or even death), a misuse of anesthesia is sure to have drastic consequences.
- Emergency room errors
Everyone understands that an emergency room is a stressful location for doctors and nurses. The high number of patients that come in with a variety of serious cases makes it hard to give enough time and focus on each individual case that walks through the door. Nevertheless, that is what is required, and falling short means those patients are exposed to greater risks just when they needed the most attentive care.
- Wrongful death
Many of the above can lead not just to discomfort but to death. No matter the cause (whether a surgical error, misdiagnosis, medication or anesthesia errors, etc.), if a doctor or other medical professional is directly responsible for the death of a loved one, something needs to be done about that.
Needless to say, if any of these occur to you or a loved one, contact a lawyer. Ideally, knowing the risks, this list will hopefully encourage more attentiveness from patients to make sure these errors don’t occur in the first place. A little skepticism about a diagnosis or prescription, for instance, can help avoid a serious mistake being made.Read More