The Most Common Medical Errors
Medical errors occur daily in the United States. While not all medical errors constitute a medical malpractice claim, if the doctor or medical professional acted negligently, they are liable for any injuries or deaths that occur because of those actions.
Certain medical errors tend to be more common than others. Even if your injury or error is not one of these common types, you may still have a valid medical malpractice claim. It is always best to speak to a personal injury attorney in Jacksonville FL first to see if your case qualifies for medical malpractice.
What are the Most Common Medical Errors?
- Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis – This is one of the most common types of medical errors and one of the more common reasons a patient may file a medical malpractice lawsuit. This occurs when a doctor fails to diagnose a condition or takes too long to find the right diagnosis. These can force a patient to miss treatment opportunities or endure longer treatments than necessary.
- Childbirth Injuries – Childbirth injuries can happen before and after birth. These are often against the physician or obstetrician and can include negligent prenatal care – such as not diagnosing a birth defect. It can also involve negligence during childbirth, such as failing to anticipate complications, not responding to signs of fetal distress or not ordering a C-section when it is necessary.
- Medication Errors – Prescription medications are prescribed each day in the United States, and unfortunately there are thousands of medication errors that occur each year. From accidentally prescribing the wrong medication to dangerous side effects to giving a patient too much or too little, these errors can lead to serious injury and even death.
- Surgical Errors – Surgeons are just as fallible as regular physicians, and there are hundreds of surgical errors that occur each year in the country. Some of the more common types of surgical errors include giving a patient too much anesthesia, using defective equipment, not monitoring vitals, leaving surgical instruments in the body, and operating on the wrong patient or area of the body.
Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?
If you think you have a valid medical malpractice claim, contact the medical malpractice attorneys Florida at Hardesty, Tyde, Green, Ashton & Clifton today for a free consultation regarding your case. We can review the facts of your medical malpractice claim and tell you right away if you have a claim worth pursuing. Call us now at (904) 414-4906 or visit our team at one of our Jacksonville offices today to get started.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)