The Occurrence of Medical Malpractice

You trust your doctor to diagnose your conditions and create an effective and safe treatment plan, so you may not think about the concept of medical malpractice very often. However, doctors make mistakes, and sometimes these mistakes lead to serious problems with your health. 

There are numerous actions that may meet the definition of medical malpractice. Negligence is the central theme of most common examples of medical malpractice. An article from California State University’s news publication (The Collegian) provides information on the most common types of medical malpractice claims. 

Birth injuries and surgical errors 

Some medical malpractice claims relate to injuries sustained during childbirth. There are some cases where natural causes make the birth process dangerous for the mother and/or the baby, but many other types of birth-related injuries occur due to a doctor’s negligence. For example, misuse of forceps may cause severe injuries to the child, such as nerve damage and broken bones. 

Surgery is another area that includes malpractice claims. If you have a surgical procedure that goes wrong, it could be the result of negligence. Some examples of surgical errors include injuring an organ during surgery, leaving surgical equipment inside the body or administering anesthesia improperly. The consequences of these surgical mistakes may be severe, including long-term injury and even death. 

Diagnosis and prescription errors 

Other types of medical malpractice happen during diagnosis and treatment. The Collegian states that diagnosis errors are the basis for 33 percent of malpractice claims. Incorrect, delayed or missed diagnoses may all count as malpractice. If a doctor prescribes the wrong type of medication for your condition, that is another type of malpractice. Mistakes also occur when a doctor fails to provide the proper dosage instructions or account for interactions with other medications you are taking.