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.
There are certain medical errors that tend to be more common than others. Even if your injury or error is not one of these common types, you may still have avalid 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 treatmentopportunities 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 obviously 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 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) 398-2212 or visit our team at one of our Jacksonville offices today to get started.