When seeing a doctor or entering the hospital, the odds are good that you’ll encounter an ethical and conscientious physician. However, it is important to be armed with the information you need to protect yourself. Preventable medical errors are one of the most common causes of death in the United States, only behind disease and cancer.
What is medical malpractice?
Preventable medical errors often fall under the category of medical malpractice, which occurs when a doctor or other medical professional commits negligence resulting in harm to a patient. If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to damages and should contact an attorney immediately.
There are several types of medical malpractice, resulting from active and passive errors. The level of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the damage done and the culpability of the physician.
Surgical errors are one of the most common types of active medical malpractice and can include doctors causing unnecessary damage or incisions during surgery, doctors leaving foreign objects inside the body, and doctors operating on or removing the wrong body part.
Medication errors can occur either at prescription or administration level, and incorrect doses can cause serious health issues. Certain medications can trigger allergies, which can be missed when the doctor fails to test for common allergens. Failure to test thoroughly is a common cause of malpractice and can lead to misdiagnosis.
An indirect cause of medical malpractice can be the environment. If a hospital room is not sanitary, it can expose the patient to secondary illnesses. When medical items are improperly reused or used without proper sterilization, someone who is already sick can be put at risk of complications.
Please do not attempt to determine if you have a compensable case. You must consult a relevant liability attorney who has the expertise and extensive knowledge necessary to determine who ultimately caused the harm and injuries you or a loved one suffered. Contact us for a free case evaluation here.