Medical malpractice is unfortunately something that occurs in nearly every hospital across the country. While some medical malpractice issues can be rectified without much harm, others can be detrimental to the victim and his or her family. Learn about the top causes of medical malpractice and what you can do to protect your rights or the rights of a loved one if you believe you were a victim of malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Defined
First, it’s important to define malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional who owes a duty of care to his or her patient fails to meet that duty of care and causes harm to the patient as a result. There are general standards of care within every medical field, meaning that it’s fairly well understood how a medical professional should be treating a patient. When a physician or nurse deviates from the standard of care and is careless or neglectful, they may be at risk of harming the patient and thus becoming the defendant in a malpractice lawsuit.
Top Causes of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can be almost any deviation from the standard of care as a result of neglect or carelessness. However, the most common forms of malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis. This occurs when a physician should have ordered diagnostic testing or misread diagnostic tests in order to correctly diagnose a patient with a condition. In most cases of this type of malpractice, the condition that was not diagnosed or misdiagnosed goes on to harm the patient.
- Medication errors. This occurs when doctors write the wrong prescription or fail to write legibly enough for the pharmacy to correctly fill the medication, or when the pharmacy misfills a medication or prints incorrect directions or safety warnings.
- Surgical errors. This type of medical malpractice occurs when a patient undergoes surgery and the surgical team makes an error, such as giving the patient too much or too little anesthesia, leaving a surgical instrument inside the patient’s body, or performing the wrong procedure on the patient.
- Childbirth errors. While childbirth can be harrowing on its own, a neglectful nursing team or physician can cause great harm to mother and/or baby during the delivery or by failing to identify the need for and order a c-section quickly when necessary.
Contact the Kuvara Law Firm Today
If you believe you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to damages for your suffering. Contact the Kuvara Law Firm today to learn more. Call now at 1-800-4-INJURY.