Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a very serious problem that can cause people to experience serious medical problems that could have been easily prevented. This occurs in many serious forms and in some cases entails more than just the doctor working on a patient.

Surgical Malpractice

Surgical malpractice occurs when a surgeon, anesthesiologist or another person associated with a surgical procedure is neglectful of the patient’s health. This often occurs when a person is operated on at the wrong site or if the materials used in the surgery are not properly sterilized. There are even times when a person might have surgical instruments left inside one’s body after a procedure is done.

Misdiagnosis

A misdiagnosis can occur when a person is reported as having one particular medical condition even though it is not the case. In particular, a person may be told that he or she has one condition and is therefore treated with unnecessary services. This may include cases like a person being harmed by chemotherapy that was administered in spite of the patient not having any form of cancer.

In other cases, a misdiagnosis will cause a person not to receive a proper diagnosis for a certain medical condition that one has. By not identifying the condition, a person may not get the treatments one needs before it may be too late and the condition becomes worse.

Robotic Surgery Malpractice

Robotic surgery malpractice occurs when a person is harmed during a surgical procedure that entails the use of a robotic device. This may involve a machine being controlled improperly by a doctor, thus resulting in extreme injuries. It can also entail the machine leaving items used in the surgical procedure inside a patient’s body. Sometimes it can especially occur because the doctor is not fully trained in handling the machine or might not have even informed the patient about the use of the robotic device during the procedure.

Anesthesia Malpractice

Anesthesia malpractice occurs when an anesthesiologist fails to administer the proper amount of medication used to keep a patient asleep and safe during a medical procedure. This often results in serious injuries as a patient’s body will shut down due to an extreme amount of medication being added. This may also occur when a patient does not receive enough anesthesia during a medical procedure or when the patient is not informed about one’s dietary restrictions to follow before a procedure. Anesthesia malpractice cases can also develop when a professional fails to identify a patient’s vital signs during a procedure.

Hospital Malpractice

Hospital malpractice is a commonplace threat that can develop in cases where more than one person is responsible for serious physical damages to a patient. Malpractice cases like this often occur when a patient is injured by the careless actions of a hospital employee outside of a doctor. For instance, a paramedic may injure a patient while rushing that person to a hospital. Meanwhile, a nurse may harm the patient by administering the wrong medication. A patient who is impacted by hospital malpractice can sue the entire hospital for damages and not just one doctor.

Medication Errors

Medication errors occur when a patient is given the wrong prescription. In particular, a hospital may end up mixing up medications after failing to keep track of which medications a patient should get. This may entail a person getting either a medication that one should not take due to the risk of damages or too much or too little of one prescription that the patient requires.

Any person who suffers from damages relating to acts of medical malpractice may be entitled to damages. However, it is up to a patient to be aware of what may happen when such actions take place and to ensure that such actions can potentially be avoided.

Sources:

http://www.AARP.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-06-2011/commonly-misdiagnosed-illnesses.html

http://RunningaHospital.blogspot.com/2013/04/robotic-surgery-new-medical-malpractice.html

http://www.DallasObserver.com/news/dallas-anesthesiologist-being-sued-over-deadly-surgery-admits-to-texting-reading-ipad-during-procedures-7134970

http://www.HopkinsMedicine.org/news/media/releases/johns_hopkins_malpractice_study_surgical_never_events_occur_at_least_4000_times_per_year

http://www.TheDenverChannel.com/news/local-news/jury-awards-178m-in-malpractice-verdict-against-childrens-hospital-colorado

http://www.AHRQ.gov/patients-consumers/care-planning/errors/20tips/index.html

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