As a victim of medical malpractice, there are some things you should know.
Medical malpractice, by definition, is when a health care professional
fails to give a patient the right or necessary treatments that he or she
needs, whether those treatments include drugs, therapies or other medical
What Are Some Causes of Medical Malpractice?
Many causes of medical malpractice exist, but some of the most common times
to suffer from malpractice include when a diagnosis is being made, when
a treatment is being provided, when the patient is having his or her health
managed or during aftercare. If a nurse or doctor fails to give the level
of care expected, which is the level any person would expect from a doctor
in that field performing the same tasks for the same illness, then medical
malpractice may be a concern.
What Are Some Kinds of Medical Errors?
Childbirth injuries, medication errors, surgical errors and anesthesia
errors all have the potential to result in harm to a patient. Medication
errors include giving a person the wrong dosage of a medication or providing
an inappropriate drug. Childbirth injuries can happen before, during or
after birth when a decision results in injuries to a child.
Anesthesia errors can result in brain damage or death when oxygen isn’t
delivered or too much of a drug is used. If not enough is used, a patient
could wake up during a procedure. Finally, surgical errors can take place
if a nurse or doctor punctures a vessel or operates in the wrong place.
In each case, patients who suffer injuries or their surviving loved ones
can seek a malpractice case to obtain compensation for their financial losses.