Doctors and other medical professionals have a duty to provide proper medical care and keep patients safe. However, these professionals are human like anyone else and, therefore, can make mistakes as anyone else can. If a mistake is made due to negligence or wrongdoing on the part of a doctor or other hospital staff member, the patient may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in order to be compensated for any injuries or complications suffered as a result of the doctor’s mistake.
Common Types of Injuries
Some injuries caused by medical malpractice are not readily identifiable because the patient is usually already suffering from some type of injury or illness. Therefore, the patient may believe the additional injury is simply a result or complication of their initial condition instead of suspecting medical malpractice. It is important for patients to know the most common types of medical malpractice so they may more easily recognize when a doctor or hospital staff member mav have been negligent. Some of these injuries include:
- Nosocomial infections: This is an infection acquired while the patient is staying in the hospital. These infections may occur due to inadequate hand washing of hygiene of staff, prolonged use of ventilators, inadequate equipment sterilization, failing to separate contagious patients, or failing to separate patients at a high risk for infection.
- Medication errors: Too often, patients may receive the incorrect type of medication, the medication may be administered in the wrong place, or they may receive too high or low of a dose. These mistakes may stem from illegibly written prescriptions, pharmacist errors, or hospital staff errors.
- Surgical mistakes: Doctors may make errors in even the most routine of procedures, even if they have performed that surgery countless times. Some common mistakes include performing the wrong procedure on the wrong patient, leaving foreign objects inside the body, making the incision in the wrong place, anesthesia errors, and nicking or puncturing internal organs.
- Diagnosis errors: If a doctor fails to diagnose a medical condition or misdiagnoses a condition, a patient may suffer significant delays in necessary treatment. This type of error is common in cancer cases and can often be fatal if the diagnosis is delayed long enough.
- Childbirth injuries: Many complications may occur during pregnancy and childbirth that may affect the health of the mother, child, or both. If a doctor fails to diagnose or properly treat a complication, it can possibly mean permanent disabilities or injuries for the child or mother.
If you bring a claim against the doctor or other staff member at fault, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses and any pain or suffering you experienced. However, no matter what kind of injury you suffered, you only have a limited time to bring a claim in court against the responsible party. Therefore, it is important that you contact us as soon as possible for help with your case.