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Types Of Medical Malpractice

If a medical treatment provider causes a patient to suffer a disease or injury by his or her negligent actions or failures to act, that health care professional may be guilty of medical malpractice. Even if a patient already suffers from a disease or injury, the treatment provider may still face liability for malpractice if his or her actions or inactions increase a patient’s risk of harm or causes the condition to worsen. Medical malpractice can occur in many different scenarios. Here are some of the more common medical mistakes:

  1. Failure to diagnose and properly treat medical emergencies. In emergency situations, prompt and correct treatment is essential.
  2. Failure to diagnose and properly treat serious medical conditions. Often symptoms are overlooked or a patient is taken for granted. Sometimes x-rays and other test results are misread.
  3. Surgical mistakes. A slip of a knife can cause severe problems. Sometimes medical instruments or sponges are left inside a patient after surgery by mistake.
  4. Errors with medication or treatment. A wrong prescription or treatment can cause serious injury or illness.
  5. Delays in diagnosis. Many times, diagnostic delay can have dire consequences, especially in the case of various types of cancer.
  6. Birth Injuries. Malpractice can often occur during labor. Complications arise that require immediate and proper reactions from doctors and nurses. Cerebral Palsy cases sometimes arise as a result of such medical mistakes.
  7. Failure to advise of diagnosis. A patient has the right to know the diagnosis so that he or she can properly assess treatment options.
  8. Lack of Informed Consent. A patient has the right to understand the risks associated with a particular type of treatment.
  9. Abandonment. A treatment provider cannot always simply stop treating a patient, especially in emergency situations.

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