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3 Common Types Of Medical Malpractice

hospital negligenceDid you know that the Association of Trial Lawyers of America says in 2015, 20% of federal personal injury civil lawsuits were a result of vehicle crashes, 13% from injuries relating to product liability, and 10% from medical malpractice? When it comes to both vehicular negligence and product safety problems, people tend to expect mistakes. The difference with medical negligence is, overall, people trust doctors and hospitals to do what is best for their patients. Though people do make mistakes, the consequences of hospital negligence are often too severe to overlook. Here are some examples of hospital negligence.

  1. Prescription Errors
    Being given the wrong medication can cause anything from no effect at all to death. If a patient is being treated with morphine for pain management and someone makes a mistake, switching the morphine to saline solution, that patient will suffer unnecessarily. On the other hand, if the hospital prescribes a low amount of morphine, but the patient is given a much higher dose, they could die. Pharmacology is inseparably important to hospitals, but if medication is administered incorrectly, the consequences can be dire.
  2. Botched Surgery
    Whether you go to a hospital for a hip replacement or an amputation, the surgeon has a duty of care. Hospital negligence cases such as amputating the wrong limb, operations occurring while the patient is still awake, and surgical sponges left inside the patient are more common than you would think. Any complications resulting from the improper training of the surgical staff could range from minor cosmetic deformation to brain injuries or death.
  3. Failure To Treat
    Missing a diagnosis and misdiagnosing are quite different in terms of the mistake made, but they can often have similar complications. The former refers to an undiagnosed illness that results in a worsening of the condition. The latter refers to a diagnosis asserted in the affirmative which later turns out incorrect. The treatment plan of a misdiagnosis has the potential to not only fail to treat the illness but actually make it worse.

If you suspect hospital negligence was at play in either your illness or in the illness of a relative, don’t hesitate to call us for advice on medical malpractice law.

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