You have no doubt heard of medical malpractice many times before. No matter who you are, this is something that crops up in the news time and time again. You might even know someone who suffered at the hands of medical malpractice. Or it could be that you yourself were the victim in such a scenario. Either way, it is helpful to know what it is, so that it is easier to spot. When it does happen, you want to know that it has happened so that you can take whatever steps might be deemed necessary to recover from the situation and come away with a sense of justice. There are many kinds of medical malpractice and it is a good idea to take a look at the most common ones one by one. Doing so will help us to gain a better understanding of how it works. Let’s take a look.
This first one is the most commonly cited examples of medical malpractice in the world. Most often, when someone is sued for malpractice it is because of a misdiagnosis. This could be a GP simply being mistaken about something, or it can even happen later on down the line with a specialist or other medical professional. Sometimes, faulty or damaged medical equipment is to blame. At other times it can merely be a case of wrongful interpretation on the doctor’s part, resulting in a misdiagnosis. When this happens, it can lead on to some pretty severe situations if not spotted early enough. In some instances, it can mean that the patient takes drugs which are not relevant to their condition. This could result in the condition worsening to the point of severe illness or death, or it could be that the drugs being taken do not respond well to the patient. Of course, in the worst scenarios, it could even be a combination of the two.
As well as misdiagnosis, there is another common malpractice under the same umbrella, known as failure to diagnose. This is when the doctor fails to notice a severe illness which the patient has, despite the symptoms being readily visible. It goes without saying that this can put the patient under a great deal of risk and harm. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most common reasons that people feel the need to contact a personal injury solicitor. When this happens, it can dramatically change the course of someone’s life.
Prescription Drug Errors
If it so happens that a medical professional prescribes or administers the wrong drug, then it goes without saying that that can cause a huge amount of damage and emotional distress. Yet this is the second most common cause of medical malpractice. It doesn’t have to be exactly that, however, to be a prescription drug malpractice error. Sometimes it is because they administer the wrong dosage, in some cases lethally high or too small to have any effect at all, allowing the condition to worsen. Of course, if a company is found to manufacture harmful prescription drugs, then this to can be considered medical malpractice. This is not a commonly reported one, but of course that doesn’t necessarily mean that it never happens. Even an illegible prescription that ends up causing harm to the patient can be the grounds for medical malpractice. It is clear that doctors, pharmacists and other professionals in the medical industry need to be extremely careful with prescription drugs.
Another very common cause of medical malpractice which often comes to light is that of surgical errors. During a surgery, any number of things can happen, and it’s not surprising that every now and then mistake can occur too. Often these are not serious enough to worry about. But every now and then, something might happen which significantly affects the patient’s life or causes a great deal of mental distress. When this happens, or when it is particularly severe, it can mean medical malpractice in some cases. Sometimes a surgeon might cause damage to a nerve, which can be a particularly serious error, and this is unlikely to go unnoticed or unreported. Similarly, an internal organ could be hit, causing severe damage, or a blood vessel burst. Sometimes these errors might even result in death; something which must be terrible for the families involved. Either way, it is a common cause of medical malpractice which surgeons need to be aware of. At the same time, patients and their families should be aware of their rights too.