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Medical Malpractice Claims: Common Errors Committed by Medical Professionals and Hospitals

A medical malpractice claim can be prompted by a patient who has been injured by a nurse, doctor, or any medical professional who has failed to provide him or her an appropriate health care treatment. Fortunately, inappropriate health care treatments rarely occur; however, within the minority of these cases, there are certain forms of errors that occur more than other forms.

It is important to distinguish, however, that while there are many forms of medical errors that can be committed, negligence must be proven in order to have a successful claim. The simple dissatisfaction of a medical procedure or medical treatment is not sufficient to conclude that medical malpractice has transpired. In order to meet the minimum elements needed for a sturdy and resilient medical malpractice claim, it must be proved that the medical professional or medical provider did not act in a reasonably competent manner. Didn’t meet the “standard of care.”  Further, that this ineptitude lead to the injury sustained by the patient.

 This article will highlight some of the most common errors that both medical professionals and hospitals may commit. These negligent errors are the most frequently seen in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

Both misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis claims account for a great percentage of medical malpractice lawsuits. When a medical practitioner misdiagnosis a patient’s condition or otherwise fails to diagnose the patient’s serious condition for an extended period of time, the medical practitioner has harmed the patient. Given the misdiagnosis, the patient runs the great risk of missing healing opportunities that could have prevented him or her from a worsened condition or even death.

Injuries Occurring During Childbirth

There are a number of serious fetal injuries that can be caused by medical malpractice. Although this can be demonstrated, there are still many other cases that could have transpired by natural causes. A medical practitioner’s negligence can be committed both before and during childbirth.

  • Prenatal Care Malpractice
  • A mother’s prenatal care is vital for the formation and preservation of the unborn child. When a medical practitioner has acted negligently to the wellbeing of the mother and fetus, the medical practitioner is committing medical malpractice by placing the life of the unborn child in jeopardy.
  • Childbirth Medical Malpractice
  • Childbirth is a very delicate procedure and a doctor’s negligence could cause serious injury not only to a newborn baby but his or her mother as well.
  • Injury Following Medication Errors

Medication mistakes are some of the most common and easiest medical mistakes to make. In a hospital setting, for example, the incorrect medication can be administered to the incorrect patient. Medication errors can also transpire due to misdiagnosis.

Obtain Legal Representation

Injuries occurring due to a negligent medical practitioner and/or a hospital can cause countless grievances. While a victim’s emotional and physical pain can be difficult to endure and the conditions they suffered can be irreversible, injured patients are also commonly left with an astonishing amount of high medical bills.

If you or someone you know was injured by a doctor or a hospital’s wrongdoing, consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can guide you through the process of filing for a claim. The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin are experienced in the field of medical malpractice claims and can guide you through your available options of filing for a medical malpractice claim. If you have been injured due to the negligence and carelessness of a medical practitioner or a hospital, speak to a knowledgeable and qualified attorney who can vigorously champion for your rights. The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin have helped many clients not only file a timely claim but also strategize for a successful case.

Ms. Morgan obtained her Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. She contributes to the improvement of both the local and legal communities, having provided pro- and low-bono legal services, and volunteering at legal clinics and other programs serving the community. View Attorney Sara Morgan's Attorney Bio Here.

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