4 Medical Malpractice Errors You Should Know About

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“Medical malpractice” is a legal term that refers to certain mistakes made by medical professionals which can be subject to a lawsuit. In order to establish a medical malpractice claim, the injured party must establish:

  • A medical professional owed a duty to the patient
  • The medical professional breached that duty
  • The breach caused an injury
  • And finally, the injury resulted in damages.

Below are four common medical malpractice errors you should be aware of.

Anesthesia Errors

Administering anesthesia is a necessary part of many surgeries.  However, patients receiving anesthesia require close monitoring during and after the procedure.  Additionally, their medical conditions and personal information must also be carefully reviewed prior to the procedure, as the appropriate administration of anesthesia is patient dependent.  Errors that can occur include:

  • Administering too much anesthesia
  • Complications with the breathing tube
  • Defective equipment
  • Failing to monitor vital signs properly
  • Failing to understand and appreciate a person’s medical history as well as
  • Lack of proper pre-op instructions regarding food and drink.

Anesthesia errors can result in injury or death.

Birth Injuries

Birth injuries may happen to either mother or child. When a baby or the baby’s mother is injured or killed due to negligence, this is medical malpractice. Common medical errors that can lead to birth injuries or death include:

  • Failing to notice the umbilical cord is wrapped around the child’s body in some way
  • Failing to perform a timely emergency C-section
  • Improper use of medical equipment
  • Inadequate response to fetal distress as well as
  • Not properly anticipating the infant’s size.

These medical failures can lead to both birth injuries and death. Birth injuries can include:

  • Brachial palsy
  • Brain hemorrhaging
  • Brain swelling
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cuts
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Infection
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Klumpke’s palsy
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Shoulder dystocia as well as
  • Soft tissue damage.

Of course, this is merely a partial list of the things that may go wrong in these types of cases.

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

A misdiagnosis occurs when a medical professional diagnosis someone with the wrong condition. This can result in unnecessary treatments. It can also result in a treatment harmful to the person. Of course, a misdiagnosis necessarily leads to a delay in the correct diagnosis. Delayed diagnosis can also occur when a treating health care professional simply misses the signs and symptoms of a certain condition. This, too, delays the proper and necessary treatment of the patient.

Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis can result in a more serious condition, or even death.

Surgical Errors

There are many ways a surgery can go wrong due to medical malpractice. Some of the more common surgical errors include:

  • Damaging an organ while inside the body
  • Improper sterilization of instruments
  • Inadequate follow up procedures post operation
  • Inadequate patient instruction post operation
  • Leaving an instrument or surgical medical equipment inside the body inadvertently
  • Maintaining an unsanitary medical environment
  •  Operating on the wrong patient
  • Performing the wrong operation
  • Pre and post medication errors as well as
  • Removal of the wrong limb.

Harmed by a Medical Professional?

When a medical professional owes a duty of care, and that duty is breached, patients suffer the consequences. If you have been injured by a medical professional, you have rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, as well as lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to punitive damages. Contact Rosner Law Offices, P.C. to discuss your case today. We meet with potential clients free of charge. In fact, we only charge you a fee if we win your case. Call (856) 692-6500 today.

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