What are the most common types of medical malpractice?

What are the most common types of medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional, whether a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff acts below the standard of care (fails to meet the standard expected) and harm occurs. While the areas where mistakes may be made are endless, they generally fall within four broad categories.

Failure to diagnose/misdiagnosis. In order to receive the proper treatment, its important to receive a prompt and proper diagnosis. When a doctor fails to accurately diagnose and treat a condition in a timely manner, the chances at an optimal recovery diminish. Without the proper and timely diagnosis of conditions such as cancers, infections, stroke and heart failure, the patient may risk suffer serious harm, including death, which could have been avoided had treatment occurred earlier.

Another area of concern includes surgical errors. Surgical errors include mistakes such as “never events,” where the wrong site is operated on, the wrong surgery is performed, or foreign objects are left inside the body. These errors can have disastrous consequences.

A third area where common errors occur include medication and prescription errors. This includes prescribing the wrong type of drug and administering the wrong quantity. Prescribing the wrong medication or andministering excessive amounts can be fatal.

Medical errors also occur frequently involving obstetrics, including labor and delivery and birth injuries. When risky pregnancies are not handled correctly or mistakes are made during the delivery of a baby, the results can be catastrophic and an infant may sustain harm that lasts a lifetime.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed due to medical negligence, please contact our dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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