Thousands of medical malpractice claims are filed every year. When a healthcare professional makes a mistake that impacts your life, you have the right to hold that individual, or the hospital, accountable for their negligence.
To receive compensation for a medical malpractice claim, you must prove your healthcare provider failed to meet the standard of care during the course of your treatment, and that the failure resulted in your injury. The majority of medical malpractice claims are related to anesthesia errors, childbirth injuries, medication errors, misdiagnoses, or surgical errors.
Common Medical Malpractice Claims
Anesthesia errors can lead to serious brain damage and death if too much or too little sedative is administered. These types of errors occur when an anesthesiologist neglects to read a patient’s medical history or prescribe the wrong type of anesthesia.
Childbirth injuries can occur before or during birth. Prenatal negligence happens when doctors fail to recognize birth defects or a medical condition the mother has that could complicate the pregnancy or delivery. Malpractice during delivery happens when a doctor fails to respond appropriately to birth complications or uses medical equipment incorrectly.
Serious complications can arise when medication is prescribed or administered wrong. This most often happens with elderly patients. If a healthcare provider fails to review a patient’s entire history or neglects to check for drug interactions, serious injuries may occur. Communications errors can also happen between the doctor and pharmacy.
Many misdiagnoses, or failure to diagnosis claims, revolve around cancer in adults and meningitis in children. These diseases may go unnoticed because of the lack of proper testing or communication between doctors. Misdiagnosis claims also happen when someone is treated for an illness, is discharged from the hospital, and returns in a worsened state.
Surgical errors are often a result of improper communication. In the event a patient isn’t properly identified or marked before surgery, there’s a chance they’ll receive the wrong operation or have the wrong body party operated on.
Even with today’s advancing medical technology, mistakes are made in hospital settings for a variety of reasons; however, there is never an excuse for breaching the standard of care. In the event you or a loved one have suffered as a result of medical malpractice, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.