What Are Some Examples of Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs very frequently in our hospitals. Many patients are injured because a doctor or other professional failed to follow the proper standard of care, which ultimately caused significant injuries to the patient.

At our firm, we meet every week with people who went to the doctor or hospital hoping to get well, only to emerge more injured or sick than before. If this describes your situation, please contact us today. You might have a medical malpractice case. Below, we identify some of the more common examples of medical malpractice to help you identify whether you, too, might have fallen victim to professional malpractice.

Failure to Diagnose or Wrong Diagnosis

A doctor should listen to your complaints and then order necessary tests to diagnose a condition. Some doctors actually diagnose you with an injury or illness you do not have, or they claim you are fine and send you back home. These types of missed diagnosis cases can delay badly needed treatment, making our clients sick and leaving them in pain. Many missed diagnosis cases also result in death.

Surgical Errors

A surgeon can make many mistakes in the operating room:

  • Operate on the wrong body part
  • Puncture or damage healthy organs
  • Damage arteries, which can lead to massive bleeding
  • Leave implements inside a patient

Many surgical errors require additional corrective surgery, which costs money and time.

Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia must be given in the right amount at the right time. If too much or too little is used, then a patient can suffer very negative consequences. Often, anesthesia errors stem from inadequate analysis of a patient’s history and lack of attention in the operating room.

Medication Errors

A doctor might prescribe the wrong medication, which delays a patient’s ability to get well. Some prescriptions could also interact negatively with other drugs or with a patient’s allergies, causing a violent reaction.

Other medication errors involve wrong dosages—either too much or too little. A patient’s recovery can be delayed in these situations.

Birth Injuries

The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is something we would expect to see in Mexico or Peru. Mothers can suffer serious injuries, including death, because of poor follow-up care and an unwillingness to listen to mothers when they complain they do not feel well. Sometimes, they are suffering from dangerously high blood pressure or from internal bleeding.

Babies can also suffer injuries during delivery. One of the most serious is oxygen deprivation, which might stem from a delayed C-section or improper monitoring of the baby’s vital signs.

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Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum is a leading Miami law firm specializing in medical malpractice. For help with your case, call us at 305-371-2692.