Even with today’s advances in medical technology, medical malpractice still happens. While doctors and nurses work hard every day, mistakes can be made, and sometimes they are just not paying enough attention to what is going on. In the United States, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death.
It is important to remember that having a poor outcome from medical treatment does not necessarily mean that medical malpractice occurred. Doctors must follow a “standard of care,” and if it is proven that they did not follow that, then medical negligence is likely to have happened.
– Misdiagnosis/Delayed diagnosis
These are the most common types of medical malpractice claims because some diseases are hard to identify. The most common misdiagnosis in adults is cancer. Other types of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis happens if a patient is discharged from the hospital and then later suffers from a heart attack or stroke because doctors or nurses missed symptoms.
– Medication errors
Medication errors are more common among patients over the age of 60, but it can happen to patients of any age. Unfortunately it is common for doctors to not closely look at a patient’s medication history before prescribing medications, or they simply just prescribe the wrong drug. Besides this, errors in dosage are common as well either because they are written down wrong or the pharmacy made an error when filling the prescription.
– Surgery errors
Medical malpractice can occur during the surgery or during the post-op care. Common surgery errors are operating on the wrong body part or leaving surgical instruments in the body. Negligence during post-op care can lead to serious complications like an infection.
– Childbirth injuries
Childbirth injuries can occur during prenatal care and the actual childbirth. This includes failure to diagnose a medical condition or birth defect. During childbirth, negligence by the doctor can be harmful to both the baby and the mother. This might be failure to anticipate complications, failure to order a C-section, or unskilled use of medical tools like forceps.
– Anesthesia errors
Anesthesia errors are usually more serious than surgery errors. Any errors by the anesthesiologist can cause significant damage. Medical malpractice can occur if the anesthesiologist fails to properly look at medical history, doesn’t fully explain the risks to the patient, gives too much anesthesia, or fails to monitor vital signs.
Of course these are not the only examples of medical malpractice. If you believe you or someone you know might be a victim of medical malpractice, please contact us today for a free case consultation.
ESR Law Group is located in downtown Chicago, and we represent clients in personal injury, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation cases.