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Common Types of Medical Negligence

21 Apr Posted in Health

Medical negligence, also called a medical malpractice, refers to a professional negligence where the medical professional failed in taking all the necessary measures to ensure the proper care of the patient. Most types of medical negligence cases can lead to injuries or even loss of life. Find out below what are the common types of medical negligence.
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Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

One of the most common type of medical negligence refers to the misdiagnosis of a medical condition. A misdiagnosis or even a delayed diagnosis can endanger the life of the patient. The medical condition, injury or the illness of the patient can cause the patient to make another surgical intervention and in some cases, this can even lead to death. There are two types of errors regarding a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. On the one hand, there are mistakes because hospitals are not properly equipped with all the devices and tools needed and therefore the doctor is not actually responsible in this case, and on the other hand there are errors related to the behavior of the doctor and the patient should be compensated, since it has no blame for the damage created.

Childbirth Injuries

Childbirth injuries mostly occur when a physician doesn’t provide the necessary care during a birth. When this types of medical negligence happens, both the mother and the baby suffer from injuries either during pregnancy or during/after childbirth. Some of these injuries mainly occur from an improper use of medical tools, the failing to detect any fetal distress or not being able to monitor the oxygen intake.

Medication Errors

A medical professional is held responsible for any type of medication errors he commits. When it comes to prescribing a medication to a patient suffering from a disease or an injury, the prescribing physician must pay attention to all the symptoms of the patient and ensure that the patient is not at risk from suffering from any side effects. Also, he must follow the instructions of the medication manufacture. In some cases, the pharmaceutical manufacture may also be held responsible for the injuries caused by a drug or for the potential side effects. However, the physician has to advise the patient of the dangers or side effects of a drug he prescribes.

Surgery Errors

Surgery errors are strictly referring to preventable mistakes during surgeries. As a matter of fact, all surgical interventions have a certain risk factor. This is the reason why you must sign a form before opting for a surgery. Surgery errors mostly include the incompetence of the doctor, the shortcuts taken by surgeons that may have severe repercussions on the health of the patient or the failure to ensure all the necessary equipment for the surgery. The difference between medical malpractice and an accident can be very tricky. One must take into account the difficulty and complexity of the surgical intervention. However, we do not necessarily reach to the same conclusion if it is a simple operation for appendicitis.

The errors presented above are the most common types of medical negligence. Nevertheless, medical negligence can occur in any healthcare institution and in the most peculiar of ways. If you want to learn more about medical malpractice, what you can do to prevent it and what to do if you have been subjected to it, visit the website. There, you will find a lot of helpful information that will help you better understand medical malpractice.