5 Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice in 2023
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide the standard of care that a patient is entitled to, resulting in injury or harm. While medical malpractice can take many forms, there are certain types of medical errors that are more common than others.
Here are five of the most common types of medical malpractice:
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis: Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can have serious consequences for a patient. If a healthcare professional fails to accurately diagnose a condition, the patient may not receive the appropriate treatment, which can lead to further injury or harm. For example, if a patient with cancer is misdiagnosed as having a less serious condition, cancer may not be detected until it has progressed to a later stage, making it more difficult to treat.
Surgical errors: Surgical errors can range from performing the wrong surgery on a patient to leaving a foreign object inside a patient's body after surgery. These errors can have serious and even life-threatening consequences. For example, if a surgeon performs the wrong surgery on a patient, it can result in the patient having to undergo additional surgeries to correct the mistake.
Medication errors: Medication errors can occur when a healthcare professional prescribes the wrong medication, gives the wrong dosage, or fails to properly monitor a patient's medication regimen. These errors can lead to serious side effects or even death. For example, if a patient is prescribed a medication that they are allergic to, it can result in a severe allergic reaction or even death.
Birth injuries: Birth injuries can occur when a healthcare professional fails to properly monitor a mother or baby during childbirth. These injuries can range from minor to severe and can have long-term consequences for the child and the family. For example, if a healthcare professional fails to recognize that a baby is in distress during labor, it can result in a brain injury or other serious harm to the child.
Anesthesia errors: Anesthesia errors can occur when a healthcare professional administers too much or too little anesthesia or fails to properly monitor a patient during a procedure. These errors can have serious consequences, including brain damage or even death. For example, if a patient is given too much anesthesia, it can result in respiratory failure or other serious complications.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, it's important to seek legal representation. At Roden Law, our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases and are dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve.
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If you are considering bringing a medical malpractice claim, it's important to act quickly. In Georgia and South Carolina, there is a statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases, which means that you only have a certain amount of time to file a claim. If you miss this deadline, you may be barred from bringing a claim and will be unable to recover damages for your injuries.
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