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What Are The Most Common Types Of Medical Malpractice Cases?


Do you believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice? The following article will provide some of the most common types of medical malpractice cases.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a term used to describe an occurrence where a hospital, physician, or other health care professional causes injury to a patient, either from negligence or omission.

What are some common types of medical malpractice cases?

The following are some common examples of medical malpractice cases:

Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis: Many medical malpractice cases often result from either misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. A misdiagnosis can occur when a physician fails to do any of the following:

  • Identify clinical signs and symptoms
  • Order required medical testing or complete necessary follow-up procedures
  • Refer the patient to the appropriate specialist

Failure to treat: A physician’s failure to treat a patient is a violation of that physician’s duty of care. Failure to treat can be exhibited in any of the following ways:

  • Releasing a patient too early from the hospital
  • Failing to provide necessary instructions for follow-up care
  • Failing to order required medical tests
  • Failing to consult a patient’s medical history before prescribing medication or treatment

Prescription drug errors: When health care providers make errors in prescribing drugs, it can be extremely detrimental to the health of the patient. These types of errors can include:

  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage
  • Failing to recognize potentially dangerous drug interactions
  • Neglecting to recognize signs of drug abuse in a patient

Surgical or procedural errors: If a physician makes an error while conducting surgery, it can literally put the patient’s life at risk. Some various types of surgical errors include the following:

  • Performing surgery on the wrong part of the body
  • Performing surgery on the wrong patient
  • Incidentally leaving surgical tools inside the patient
  • Failing to adhere to proper surgical procedures before, during, and after the surgery

Childbirth injuries: Injuries that occur during childbirth as a result of a physician’s negligence can have devastating, long-lasting effects on a child. Some of these types of injuries that typically occur during the childbirth process can include:

  • Providing substandard prenatal care
  • Failing to provide a C-section when necessary
  • Mishandling a baby during or after birth
  • Improper use of forceps or using excessive force when removing a baby from the vaginal canal

Do You Have Questions About a Potential Medical Malpractice Claim? Contact Our Firm.

If you believe that you have been a victim of medical malpractice, The Musleh Law Firm wants to help you. Our experienced Ocala personal injury attorneys will work with you to establish a strong case and ensure that you receive proper compensation for any injuries you have suffered, as well as for any other damages caused by the physician’s malpractice.

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