As patients, we place our trust in those who provide medical care and treatment for us. In many cases, that trust is well-placed and we are better for it. In other cases, however, egregious errors are made, leading to serious injuries or death. In the legal world, this is known as medical malpractice. Medical malpractice comes in many forms, some more severe than others. You may be entitled to compensation if a medical professional harmed you.
Medical malpractice takes many forms. Below is a list of some of the most common types of medical malpractice:
1. Surgical errors: Errors made during surgical procedures inflict some of the most potentially catastrophic types of injuries and can severely impact a patient’s quality of life. These types of errors can include performing unnecessary surgery, leaving medical equipment inside of a patient, performing the incorrect surgery, or performing wrong-site surgery.
2. Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis: Failing to diagnose a condition on time can have some serious ramifications. In some cases, patients are unable to be cured of their illness due to the fact that it was not caught early enough. For example, if cancer is left untreated and continues to progress, a patient will miss the best window of opportunity to beat it. Misdiagnosing a patient could also have similar results.
3. Failing to treat a patient: If a patient’s doctor provides the right diagnosis, it will not mean much without the proper treatment. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to treat their patients’ conditions appropriately even when they are able to accurately diagnose them. Failure to treat certain conditions can result in permanent damage or even death.
4. Birth injuries: The birth of a child is a great joy for parents, but this is also an area where medical mistakes are often made. These types of injuries are often caused by the improper use of birth assistance tools, pulling too aggressively on an infant during delivery, or failing to properly monitor mother and child. Such injuries can cause a child to develop a permanent disability, resulting in a lifetime of medical expenses, care, and treatment.
5. Medication errors: Prescribing the right type of medication and the correct dosage is a delicate science. The wrong medication or incorrect dosage can easily cause a serious adverse effect, which is why essential for everyone who might potentially handle a patient’s medication, including the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, to handle this task with extreme care. Unfortunately, this is a common error.
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If you were harmed as a result of a medical professional’s negligent actions, you must not postpone taking legal action and filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. At Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna, P.C., our medical malpractice team will fight on your behalf to help you obtain the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses associated with your injuries.
Contact our law office today at (631) 400-3342 to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer for a case review and learn more about how we can assist you.