Types of Medical Malpractice

Whenever a patient is injured or dies while undergoing medical treatment, there is the potential that the physician or some other medical professional may be accountable. These types of cases are called medical malpractice and this classification can be applied to a variety of different instances.

Here, Bain & Rodzik's medical malpractice attorney in Wilmington NC breaks down the different types of medical malpractice most commonly litigated in the country's courtrooms.

Childbirth Negligence

Childbirth negligence can occur at any time, before, during, and even after the birth of the child. The most common fetal injuries caused by negligent treatment during the birthing process include broken bones, brain injuries, and nerve damage.

Pre-birth negligence can include failing to diagnose a health condition in the mother that could affect the health of the baby (like preeclampsia, hypoglycemia, anemia, gestational diabetes, and others), failing to identify birth defects in the fetus, failing to identify ectopic pregnancies, and failing to diagnose a disease that could be passed from the mother to the baby.

Misdiagnosis

One of the most frequent causes of medical malpractice is the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a serious health condition or disease. In some cases, a misdiagnosed disease or a disease that is not diagnosed quickly enough robs the patient of treatment opportunities that if administered on time could have prevented additional harm or even death.

Prescription Errors

Injuries or deaths attributed to prescription errors affect more than 1.5 million people in the United States every year. Such errors can range from the doctor prescribing the wrong medication to prescribing the wrong dose to nurses giving the patient the wrong amount of the right medication.

Medical Equipment Malfunction

Occasionally, equipment used for automatic administration of a medicine or life-saving equipment such as defibrillator may malfunction. In the case of the medicine administration, this can cause the patient to receive too much or not enough of their medication while a defibrillator that doesn't work as it's intended to can result in an unfortunate and untimely death.

Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia is a precise practice, so even the tiniest miscalculation can result in a patient suffering a permanent injury or even death. Medical malpractice can be applied to anesthesiologists who do not investigate the patient's medical history for potential complications and those who fail to inform the patient of the risks.

Other causes of medical malpractice in relation to anesthesia include administering too much anesthesia, improper intubating, failing to monitor the patient's vital signs, and the use of defective equipment.

Surgical Errors

Some surgeries can last for hours and as such, surgeons and their medical staff can sometimes make mistakes due to fatigue and other issues. From operating on the wrong body part to puncturing internal organs to leaving surgical instruments in a patient's body, surgical errors account for a wide range of medical malpractice cases.

Contact Our Medical Malpractice Attorney in Wilmington NC Today for a Free Consultation

If you or your loved one suffered an injury while in the care of a medical professional, then you may be entitled to damages if medical malpractice was the cause. Bain & Rodzik's medical malpractice attorney in Wilmington NC will review your case to help you determine if the treatment administered, or the lack thereof, is what caused your pain and suffering. We take medical malpractice seriously and we're not afraid to take on the big hospitals and insurance companies if it means getting you the justice you deserve. Call us today at 910-762-1199 to schedule a free initial consultation. As always, you don't pay a thing unless we win your case.