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When you visit a doctor’s office, have surgery, or otherwise trust your health to a medical professional, you expect your treatment to be of high quality. After all, you’re spending potentially thousands of dollars on medical care. Of course, doctors can’t promise to cure you or guarantee an outcome. Nevertheless, they are required to follow strict professional standards of care.

It’s always possible that during your treatment, a medical professional will violate a specific code of ethics and thus be subject to medical malpractice.

The general definition of medical malpractice is when a medical provider (hospital, doctor, nurse, etc.) causes harm to a patient as a result of an irresponsible or negligent act or omission. There may be a misdiagnosis, faulty treatment, and/or errors in aftercare.

Patients enter healthcare situations with the implicit confidence that they will be given competent treatment, but medical malpractice may sometimes go unnoticed or unpunished.

It’s worth investigating whether medical malpractice played a role if you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of a recent medical treatment or event.

The following are the top five most frequent sorts of medical negligence claims. If any of these circumstances seem familiar, contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

Common Medical Errors That May Lead To Medical Malpractice Claims

1.  Misdiagnosis


A “misdiagnosis” occurs when a doctor misdiagnoses a patient’s symptoms, as the name implies. This doesn’t imply that if a physician detects an infection in the sinuses and diagnoses a head cold, they will be held liable. Rather, misdiagnosis is most frequently seen in more serious illnesses such as heart attack and cancer. Because incorrect diagnosis has such significant consequences, it’s more often the subject of medical malpractice claims.

The plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must establish that a doctor fell below the required level of care for the scenario. To put it another way, would another doctor with comparable expertise and training make a different diagnosis under similar circumstances? If so, the medical error might be to blame.

2. Surgical Errors


It may appear strange that a doctor would operate on the incorrect patient or body part, but this does happen more frequently than you would believe. Surgical mistakes are usually serious, such as operating on the wrong shoulder if the original one needed surgery, performing the wrong operation on the wrong person, or leaving surgical equipment in the body after surgery.

Surgical error is an avoidable problem that medical professionals strive to prevent through diligent care (marking the correct body part; asking the patient numerous times to verify their identity and surgery), but it does happen.

You have the legal right to seek compensation and reimbursements for a surgical error if one has occurred.

3. Failure To Treat In Accordance With Standard Care


A doctor may diagnose a sickness or problem correctly, but it doesn’t imply anything if he or she does not follow through with adequate therapy. For example, if an individual has pneumonia and is admitted to the hospital, there is a proper level of care for how long the patient should stay in the facility. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, recovery rate, age, and other factors, they should remain in the hospital for a typical length of time. If a hospital releases an individual early (outside of accepted standards of care) and the person becomes sicker as a consequence of being discharged too quickly, it might be considered medical malpractice.

Failure to treat also implies missing out on necessary follow-up treatment and instructions, as well as insufficient prescriptions.

4. Injuries At Birth


Obstetricians and gynecologists are responsible a disproportional number of childbirth-related medical malpractice claims. Childbirth has the potential to induce a variety of issues, but there are certain ones that should be avoided under accepted medical practice. Medical negligence during delivery might cause issues including nerve damage, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and cephalohematoma.

If you or a loved one recently delivered a baby and the mother or infant was injured as a result of substandard treatment, you should contact an attorney immediately.

5. Drug Errors


If a doctor issues the incorrect dosage of medicine (or fails to prescribe one), medical negligence may be involved. Additionally, giving the wrong dose of medication or instructing patients to do so is considered medical negligence. Finally, if a doctor gives two medicines that are known to have complications when interacting, it is considered negligence.

The Importance Of Finding A Medical Malpractice Attorney


According to the Los Angeles Times, “medical mistakes are the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, accounting for at least 250,000 yearly fatalities.”

This figure depicts the importance of medical malpractice in today’s culture. Patients have a greater tendency to trust doctors, so if a loved one dies or is harmed during medical therapy, patients may not blame the doctor.

Medical malpractice, however, is common in the United States. If you or a loved one has been involved in any of the above situations (or a similar one), you should consult a medical malpractice attorney immediately. It’s bad enough having to deal with medical malpractice pain, you shouldn’t have to face alone with its consequences as well.

A lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice law is a valuable partner for you and your loved ones. Contact Medical Malpractice Lawyers Texas at (888) 508-3558 for a free case evaluation.

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