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Types of Medical Malpractice

Types of Medical Malpractice

A medical negligence lawsuit may be filed for several reasons, including prescription drug errors, surgical errors, birth injuries, diagnosis errors, unnecessary surgeries, or general medical malpractice. Any health care provider can be found guilty of medical malpractice if a patient is able to prove that the medical professional did not meet the standard of care deemed appropriate for their profession.

Types of Medical Malpractice Include:

Prescription Drug Errors

Approximately 1.5 million people are injured by prescription drug errors annually. Prescription errors are one of the more common types of medical malpractice, and often they can prove deadly. Common prescription drug errors include:

  • Wrong medication
  • Failure to reasonably foresee complications
  • Illegible prescriptions
  • Wrong dosage
  • Defective or dangerous drugs

Doctors and physicians, healthcare or nursing staff, pharmacists, and marketers and manufacturers of the drugs themselves can all be found liable in prescription drug error claims.

Birth Injuries

Any medical attention or healthcare provided by a medical professional during the birthing process that is considered below the acceptable standard of care can be considered medical malpractice. Some common birth injuries include:

  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fractures
  • Brain Damage
  • Fetal Death

Diagnosis Errors

Accurately diagnosing a patient’s symptoms is absolutely critical in determining proper treatment. Sometimes, misdiagnosis can occur when a patient’s symptoms are not completely apparent or obvious. Regardless of the situation, a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis can prove costly, and sometimes deadly, in potential treatment options. If a patient is not treated properly due to a diagnosis error, the medical professional may be held accountable for further injury. Some common illnesses that are misdiagnosed include:

  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis
  • Misdiagnosis of diabetes
  • Failure to diagnose a stroke
  • Failure to diagnose cancer
  • Misdiagnosis of symptoms that eventually lead to a heart attack
  • Failure to recognize a pulmonary embolism
  • Failure to recognize meningitis

Unnecessary Surgeries

An unnecessary surgery is usually the result of misdiagnosis. Some of the most common unnecessary surgical procedures include:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Cesarean Section
  • Pacemaker Implants

Surgical Errors

The smallest mistake during an operation can result in injury. Common surgical errors include lacerations of an internal organ, uncontrollable blood loss, puncturing of an organ or foreign objects left inside the patient. Symptoms of surgical errors may not be noticeable until months after the procedure. Surgical errors can result in:

  • Additional surgeries
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Immune system failure
  • Infection
  • Wrongful death

Contact a Connecticut Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you believe that you or a loved one has been a victim of medical negligence, it is important to have an experienced medical malpractice attorney by your side. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our medical injury attorneys have experience in successfully preparing and presenting the facts of many types of medical malpractice claims. This is necessary in order to prove negligence. For immediate assistance with your Connecticut medical malpractice claim, fill out our online contact form. A member of our team will review your case and help guide you on your next course of action. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation to discuss your legal options.

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