Medical malpractice cases are very serious. It is helpful to know if a person should sue for malpractice. Check out this list of five types of medical malpractice.
1. Medication Errors
Medication mistakes happen when a patient is given the wrong drug or an incorrect dosage because of miscommunication between doctors and pharmacists. People who are victims of this form of malpractice can suffer severe health problems as well as emotional distress. Some have destroyed their bodies because they took too much of a drug or took a pill too frequently after they were directed by professionals to do so.
2. Surgical Errors
If a surgeon performs a procedure erroneously and harms the individual he or she is operating on, he or she was negligent. Some examples of surgical errors include damaging a nerve or blood vessel, operating on the wrong body part, using unsterilized or inadequate equipment, and leaving surgical tools inside of a patient. Note that there have been situations where a surgeon operated on the wrong patient entirely.
3. Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesiologists undergo extensive training because the substances they use on patients are very dangerous. An anesthesiologist may negligently give a patient too much or too little anesthetic. There have been cases when an anesthesiologist administered the wrong type of anesthetic or failed to take into account their patients’ allergies or the adverse relations they may face because of the medications prescribed to them. Anesthesia errors can lead to brain damage or even death.
4. Diagnostic Mistakes
There are two notable kinds of medical errors related to diagnosing a patient. There is misdiagnosis, which occurs when a doctor determines that a patient is suffering from a specific condition when, in fact, they have another one. Misdiagnosis can be very dangerous. It can lead to a patient receiving treatment for an illness they do not have, further damaging their body. Delayed diagnosis occurs when a doctor does not promptly diagnose a patient, causing that patient’s health to decline rapidly.
5. Childbirth Mistakes
Many things can go wrong during childbirth. If a physician handles a child too roughly, uses defective birthing tools, does not put an end to a long labor period, or fails to perform a much-needed C-section, he or she can be considered negligent. Birth errors can harm a child’s nerves, causing permanent damage. They can also result in bone fractures, hypoxia, and brain injuries.