When we go to the doctor, the idea is that we will be properly diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes. While these errors should be kept to a minimum, the reality is that medical mistakes can happen. In some cases, these errors can be extremely minor, not impacting the patient’s health significantly or not at all. Thus, when medical errors do occur, it is important to explore the matter, understanding what happened and whether or not legal recourses are available.
What are common types of medical malpractice claims? One of the most common types of medical negligence action is misdiagnosis. Such a situation is likely to result in the mistreatment of a patient, making it a serious negligence matter. Failing to diagnose a patient means that they are not receiving the medicine they need, are getting worse and could be developing new medical ailments.
The next type is surgical negligence. This occurs when a surgeon operates on the wrong site, leaves an object inside a patient or other forms of negligence while operating on a patient. The third type is medication errors, this could occur when the wrong medication is prescribed or the wrong dose is given. The final type is pregnancy and birth injuries. This occurs when errors are made during pregnancy or the delivery of a newborn.
The damages that follow a medical malpractice action can be serious, making it vital that a victim files an action. By investigating the matter further, it is possible to understand what happened and what party or parties are to blame. This can help with the recovery of compensation that could be used to address medical bills and other damages.