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Common Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

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susan_harr6 years ago

Medical malpractice is not uncommon. According to NOLO, “Law for All,” certain medical mistakes, which make the basis of lawsuits, are more common than others.  

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

  • This occurs when a doctor makes an incorrect diagnosis or makes a diagnosis too late for the recommended treatment to help the patient.
  • Diagnosis mistakes can cause the patient to miss treatment opportunities that could have prevented serious harm or death.
  • As with most medical malpractice cases, the plaintiff must prove a competent doctor would have not made the same mistake.

Childbirth Injuries

  • Negligent Pre-natal care most often includes failure to diagnose medical conditions of the mother, birth defects, or diseases that could be transferred from mother to fetus.
  • Negligence during childbirth can also cause childbirth injuries. Examples include failure to respond to fetal distress, incompetent use of forceps or vacuum extractors, and failure to anticipate or act on birthing complications.

Medication Errors

  • Doctors can make a mistake in type of medication or dosage prescribed.
  • The person who fills the prescription or administers the medication can make filling errors and dosage mistakes.
  • If medication is administered via equipment, mistakes can be made if the equipment malfunctions or is defective.

Anesthesia Errors

  • When it comes to anesthesia, one small error often has devastating consequences. Common causes of anesthesia errors include:
  • A doctor’s failure to investigate medical history or monitor vital signs;
  • An anesthesiologist giving too much or not enough anesthesia;
  • Defective equipment or improper intubation.

Surgery Errors

  • There are a number of things that can go wrong before, during, and after surgery.
  • During pre-op, failure to inform patients of risks can cause a patient to agree to a surgery without understanding the severity of complications that could arise.
  • Negligence during operation can involve leaving surgical tools in body, performing the wrong surgical procedure, or operating on the wrong body part.
  • Negligence in post-op care could lead to infections or other serious complications.

Contact An Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured because of a doctor’s or hospital’s mistake, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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