Common Types of Medical Malpractice

When you visit a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, you should not have to worry about anything other than treating your ailment. Medical professionals are also the first resort when you are injured or become ill. The amount of trust we put into the hands of doctors and nurses is staggering. You literally trust healthcare workers with your life, and in return, they have a duty to treat you with care, caution and competence. When medical professionals fail and make mistakes, the results can be disastrous. If doctor error has caused you injury, a Sarasota personal injury attorney can help.

Medical malpractice results when a doctor, nurse, radiologist or anesthesiologist fails to exercise the degree of care and skill that a careful medical professional would use under similar circumstances and injures or kills the patient. The negligence of medical professionals leads to the deaths over 200,000 Americans a year and injures over one million. Hospitals and HMOs have turned health care into a mass-produced process where patients do not always receive the amount of care to which they are entitled.

Some of the more common types of medical malpractice are:

  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Improper administration of anesthesia
  • Surgical mistakes, from leaving operational equipment in the body to failure to properly close wounds
  • Drug errors, including improper prescriptions or mistaken dosage and misfiled prescriptions
  • Birth injuries
  • Defective medical products, like pacemakers and prosthetics
  • Emergency room errors
  • Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose diseases, like cancer

The misdiagnosis of a disease can be especially difficult to recover from. Diseases like cancer have extensive, dangerous and painful courses of treatment, including aggressive chemical therapy and radiation exposure. However, not every negative medical outcome is a result of medical malpractice. Just because a course of treatment failed or you did not obtain the ideal outcome of a procedure or surgery does not mean this failure is automatically a result of the medical negligence. Only when medical professionals have made an error or otherwise failed to perform their jobs correctly do they become liable for personal injury or wrongful death claims.

Distinguishing between doctor error and unhappy result or common injury requires an in-depth examination of the relevant medical records by a trained professional. All too often, health care providers attempt to play off medical malpractice as known complications or the result of the unavoidable risk of surgery. Only a thorough investigation of the pertinent records and related materials can reveal the possible mistakes made by doctors during treatment.

Contact an experienced Sarasota injury lawyer for an in-depth assessment of your claims.

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