Top Causes of Medical Malpractice

Top Causes of Medical Malpractice

If you sustain serious harm due to care you’ve received from a medical professional, you may be able to file a claim for damages in a personal injury lawsuit. However, not all injuries or poor results from medical care constitute medical negligence. Each situation is different, and requires a detailed review/analysis to determine whether negligence occurred. As such, it’s always a good idea to consult with a San Diego medical malpractice lawyer if you believe you have been harmed due to a medical error.

Some common forms of medical negligence include:

Misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose

If you’re sick or injured, the first step in getting better is determining the correct course of treatment. To do so, you need to first obtain a proper diagnosis. If a doctor fails to properly diagnose your condition and provides the wrong treatment, or delays making the correct diagnosis and your condition worsens, you may have a claim for medical negligence. The failure to make the correct diagnosis is often due to a communication error.

Prescription error

Another frequent cause of medical negligence involves prescription errors. This may be the result of a doctor prescribing either the wrong type of medication or administering the wrong dosage. When medication errors occur, the results may be catastrophic.

Birth injury

Where medical staff fail to anticipate certain birth complications or act quick when complications arise, and an infant suffers a birth injury as a result, it may be possible to bring a medical malpractice action. Birth injuries are often significant, and the effects may last a lifetime. A skilled birth injury lawyer can help you evaluate whether a preventable error occurred.

Surgical error

Leading the types of medical negligence is surgical error. This includes surgeons performing wrong site surgeries, leaving behind equipment or sponges, or puncturing nearby organs. When these events occur due to negligence, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit may be possible to recover damages.

This list is not exhaustive. Medical malpractice can occur in a wide variety of other instances, including the administration of anesthesia, failing to prevent hospital-acquired infections, and other breakdowns in treatment.

If you have questions about medical malpractice, or believe you have suffered harm due to negligent treatment, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for a confidential consultation.


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