5 Common Errors That Lead to Malpractice Claims

Cases of medical malpractice arise when a patient is harmed by a doctor or nurse (or another medical practitioner) who does not provide adequate treatment for health care. Although we put our lives in these professionals’ hands, they make mistakes, with some errors occurring more frequently than others. Medical mistakes are surprisingly common and, sadly, they often repeat themselves. Read on to find out about five of the most common medical mistakes that may cause medical malpractice lawsuits.

1. Medication Errors – A medication error occurs when a health care provider prescribes or administers the wrong type or incorrect dose of medication. There are several ways in which a health care provider can commit a medication error, such as:

  • Failing to ask the patient if medication is currently prescribed or taking any other over-the-counter medication
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage or type of medication
  • Neglecting to explain the dangers associated with a drug or medication
  • Administering the patient with a medication that he or she may be allergic to

2. Birth Injuries – A child’s birth is a wonderful and sometimes complicated event. During the birth process, doctors must be careful not to harm the child. A competent physician can anticipate many birth complications and should address them before birth. A birth injury can occur when a baby or mother is injured or killed as a result of negligence by a healthcare provider, such as:

  • Failure to anticipate the size of the child’s body or head
  • Inadequate response to fetal distress
  • Failure to notice that the umbilical cord is wrapped around the child’s body
  • Failure to carry out an emergency C-section
  • Incorrect use of medical devices

3. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis – Sometimes it may be hard to determine what causes your disease or pain. These difficulties can lead to a misdiagnosis or a simple lack of attention. If this happens, you may end up with no treatment or treatment that will not (and may even harm) help your condition. In some situations, delayed diagnosis can also have a significant impact on your health and well-being.

4. Anesthesia Errors – You may have heard horror stories about patients who are awake but unable to tell the doctor during their surgery. Too little anesthesia can lead to a lawsuit for medical malpractice. Excessive anesthesia can also lead to severe long-term harm and even death. Patients receiving anesthesia must be heavily monitored by anesthesiologists and health care providers to prevent serious medical errors, such as:

  • Failure to review the complete medical history of the patient
  • Failure to provide the patient with pre-operative instructions, such as what he or she should eat or drink before surgery
  • Complications with the breathing tube of the patient
  • Use of defective or outdated medical equipment for the anesthesia treatment of the patient with a fatal dose of anesthesia
  • Failure to monitor vital signs of the patient while under anesthesia

5. Surgical errors – Surgical errors are extremely common due to the sensitivity of the procedure. There may also be outrageous situations— including leaving instruments or tools inside a patient or operating on the wrong part of the body. Surgery errors result in approximately one-third of all claims for medical malpractice. Some of the common types of surgical errors include:

  • Surgery on the wrong patient
  • Performing the wrong operation (false body part or body area)
  • Damaging organs during surgery, such as organ perforation
  • Post-operative medication errors
  • Failure to follow post-operative procedures
  • Failure to instruct the patient on post-operative care and recovery

Seek Legal Assistance

Have you or your loved experienced medical malpractice from a hospital or healthcare personnel? If you have, seek legal help. Sutton Law Group is here to assist you. Please contact us at (305) 667-4481.

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