Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims

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Medical malpractice refers to a situation where a health care provider violates the standard of care when rendering medical services to a patient, leading to injury or death. Medical negligence cases are not that common; however, when they do occur, they usually have life-changing consequences. The injuries sustained from medical malpractice are sometimes subtle, making the victims go for months or even years without having any clue of the harm done to them. 

 

When it comes to seeking litigation, you should always consult with a well-experienced attorney. Cummings Law is one of the most successful law firms in the U.S, having won multi-million dollars’ worth of verdicts and settlements for its clients in just the past few years. Brian Cummings has been litigating medical malpractice cases for over 20 years; thus, getting help from him when faced with a med mal claim will go a long way in doing the best you can.

 

Many people who’ve suffered a medical negligence injury are normally left doubtful about the validity of their claims. To help address these uncertainties, here’s a list of some of the most common types of injuries prevalent in a medical malpractice case. 

 

Misdiagnosis

A lot of medical negligence complaints are a result of either misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. The effects of a misdiagnosis can be detrimental as well as fatal. This is because victims end up being deprived of proper treatment, leaving the actual disease untreated. As the victim, you have to show how the doctor failed to offer the right treatment to you and how a different doctor would have treated you properly and accordingly. If another competent physician would have administered a different diagnosis, then the doctor who attended to you would be subject to malpractice. 

 

Childbirth Injuries

When it comes to childbirth injuries, medical malpractice can occur in two phases; these include an injury befalling a fetus during the pregnancy period, or an injury occurring at childbirth. Some of the injuries include bone fractures, cerebral palsy, and seizure disorders among others. Such cases could be a result of many other contributing factors; still, when a physician fails to take necessary procedural steps to ensure the safety of the infant as well as its mother, they could be liable to a malpractice case. 

Surgical Errors

In some instances, surgeons make mistakes while in the theater.  The injuries can range from operating on the wrong part of the body, puncturing a blood vessel to leaving foreign objects in the patient’s body. On the other hand, nurses can also face malpractice charges when they fail to provide proper post-surgery treatment. These include failure to implement proper instructions on how the patient should address his or her recovery and giving the patient inadequate care that is due after the surgery. 

 

Medical Product Liability

Sometimes, patients are harmed due to faulty medical equipment. It’s quite unfortunate that a single faulty medical equipment can end up injuring scores of patients before it’s finally rectified or done away with. In some instances, a patient’s health might deteriorate simply because the piece of machinery failed to provide up-to-standard health care service. 

 

Anesthesia Errors

These types of injuries occur sparingly; nonetheless, a single instance can be more lethal than a surgical error. An Anesthesiologist is a medical practitioner who always has to exercise caution whenever he or she is working. A minor error could leave patients with brain damage or even cost them their lives. The leading causes of medical malpractice in this line of operation include failure to adequately analyze a patient’s past medical records, and improper intubation; which is the erroneous insertion of a breathing tube on the trachea that assists patients in breathing.  

 

Failure to Treat

This refers to a situation where the doctor fails to give adequate treatment mostly due to handling numerous patients. Due to this, he or she may fail to properly care for some patients resulting in giving others early discharge or failure to see the need of involving a specialist. 

 

In the event you learn of an injury you’ve incurred that’s similar to any of the above cases, it’s wise to consult an attorney in the medical malpractice field as soon as possible. This would ensure you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the statute of limitations besides getting timely, sound advice. 



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