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6 common types of medical malpractice

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Many people suffer from medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is the failure to provide a patient with a standard level of care, which has resulted in their injuries or losses.

There are many causes of medical malpractice, including: 

1. Surgical errors

A surgical error has the potential to cause many kinds of medical issues or disabilities and may even lead to death. A few surgical errors that could occur include wrong-side surgery, punctured organs, surgical tools left in the body and infections caused by unsanitary equipment. 

2. Substance abuse

Doctors and nurses who abuse substances, such as drugs and alcohol may not be safe to practice medicine. Patients could be harmed by a medical professional’s substance abuse.

3. Delayed diagnosis 

A patient could have seen their doctor to examine a symptom they are having. If it takes too long for a patient to see their doctor or tests are delayed, the diagnosis could be delayed. As a result, the patient’s symptoms could worsen and an underlying medical condition could severely harm them.

4. Prescription drug issues

Many patients rely on the prescriptions given to them by doctors and nurses. If a patient is provided the wrong prescription medicine, they could suffer from severe medical issues.

5. Anesthesia errors

Anesthesia is often administered to patients during major medical procedures. If the anesthesia is incorrectly administered, the patient could wake up during surgery. Or, a patient could suffer from major brain trauma. 

6. Wrongful death

A wrongful death happens when someone, such as a nurse’s or doctor’s negligent actions led to a person’s death. The person’s death may have been avoided if not for the other person’s actions.

If you or someone you know suffered from medical malpractice, then it may be important to understand your legal options when seeking compensation. 

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