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What are the Different Types of Medical Malpractice?

When you are a patient in any medical setting, it’s vital for you to ensure you’re getting the best care possible. Unfortunately, there are many different problems that can arise in which a doctor makes a mistake and it’s considered medical malpractice. These acts of negligence can leave you with significant problems.

If you suffer any kind of injury, it’s important to know where malpractice may lie and how to move forward with legal action. Recognizing the different types of medical malpractice can help you through the process of pursuing a claim or lawsuit for compensation.

Call our firm at (513) 494-6941 if you experience medical malpractice.

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are some of the biggest problems that can arise in a medical facility. Whenever a doctor makes an error during surgery, it can lead to significant and long-term harm. Errors can also be made prior to surgery that can be considered malpractice.

Surgical errors can include the following situations:

  • Surgery performed on the wrong patient: Miscommunication or misdiagnosis can lead to you getting surgery that you don’t need. If the medical facility confuses you for someone else, it can be very traumatic.
  • Surgery performed on the wrong body part: Misdiagnosis can result in you having surgery performed on the wrong part of your body.
  • Objects left in the body after surgery: There are numerous individuals in the room when surgery is performed. These medical professionals must ensure all objects, such as gauze and surgical equipment, are removed from your body prior to being closed up.

Misdiagnosis

As a patient, receiving a misdiagnosis may not seem like a big deal when the condition is something minor. However, there are problems that can arise that lead to even bigger issues. Specifically, misdiagnosis can lead to you receiving the wrong treatment or not receiving the treatment you deserve.

For more serious conditions, not receiving treatment can lead to the illness or disease worsening. In a situation involving something terminal like cancer, a misdiagnosis can be fatal. In other situations, a misdiagnosis can lead to you receiving the incorrect treatment, such as a surgical error or prescription to which you are allergic.

Because many conditions have overlapping symptoms, it’s important for medical professionals to pay close attention to testing. Misdiagnosis can occur when medical professionals don’t have experience with advanced medical conditions.

Prescription Errors

A medical diagnosis often means the doctor will prescribe you some sort of prescription. This medication is supposed to help relieve pain or other symptoms stemming from the condition. However, doctors must take extra precaution when prescribing anything to you, including recognizing the following:

  • Allergic reactions you may have
  • Any reactions you may have with your current prescriptions
  • The dosage of your prescription

Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage can be significantly damaging to you. It’s important for your doctor to ensure they’re doing everything to keep you safe, starting with communication. They must ask what medication you currently take, what medications you may be allergic to, and more. These simple precautions can be helpful in preventing serious harm.

At The Moore Law Firm, we know there are many problems that can arise when medical professionals make errors. Unfortunately, you may suffer significant harm whenever this happens, and it’s vital for you to recognize what rights you have to take legal action and hold the responsible party accountable for their errors.

Our Cincinnati medical malpractice attorneys are focused on helping you protect your rights and get through a difficult situation. We’ll work hard on your behalf so you can focus on your physical recovery while we handle the complex legal matters to pursue maximum compensation.

Call us today at (513) 494-6941 to speak with a legal professional about what rights you may have following medical negligence. We offer free consultations to give you the answers you need when you need them the most.

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