4 Common Examples of Medical NegligenceNovember 28th, 2016
We trust our doctors implicitly. We expect them to listen to our concerns, understand our medical needs, and provide effective treatments. Unfortunately, medical negligence is alarmingly common in the United States, and a small error by a physician can have devastating consequences.
According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical mistakes may be the third leading cause of death in the United States – killing more people than unintentional injuries, strokes and respiratory disease. Every year, more than 250,000 patients die due to health-care errors.
If you were injured or lost a family member due to a negligent doctor, nurse or pharmacist, contact the The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm. David A. Bowling is a medical malpractice attorney in New Orleans who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
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What Are the 4 Most Common Forms of Medical Malpractice?
It’s easy to associate medical errors with surgical horror stories, but malpractice takes many forms. The defendants in these cases could be doctors, nurses, pharmacists or other health-care workers.
Although there are many types of medical malpractice, most cases involve one of these errors:
1. Diagnosis Errors
Doctors work long hours, and fatigue can easily lead to an oversight that causes a misdiagnosis. As a result, the patient’s condition can worsen while it is left untreated. Sometimes doctors treat the wrong condition, and patients suffer medication side effects, unnecessary surgical scarring and other consequences.
2. Medication Errors
A medication mistake can also cause a patient’s condition to worsen or lead to severe side effects. These errors often happen when pharmacists mix up the names of two patients or two drugs. Sometimes a doctor’s handwriting is difficult to read and the pharmacist distributes the wrong medication or incorrect dosage.
3. Anesthesia Errors
There’s a reason why anesthesiologists are among the highest-paid medical professionals: A small mistake can be deadly. Sometimes anesthesiologists do not deliver enough anesthesia, which causes patients to wake up during invasive surgeries.
4. Surgical Errors
Despite advancements in surgical tools and techniques, mistakes still happen. One of the most common types of surgical errors is leaving a sponge or another instrument inside a patient. This can cause a deadly infection and other serious complications. In rare cases, surgeons amputate the wrong limb or remove the wrong organ due to a communication failure.
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