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The Different Types of Medical Malpractice Explained

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Medical Malpractice Types

Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, occurs when a health care professional fails to provide adequate standards of care, resulting in harm or injury to the patient. In this article, we will explore the various types of medical malpractice that can occur and what your rights are if you have been a victim.

Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose.

One of the most common forms of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. This occurs when a doctor fails to properly diagnose a condition or disease, often resulting in delay in treatment, incorrect treatment, and even worse outcomes. A health care provider can be held liable for failing to provide a timely diagnosis and proper care when they had enough information to do so.

Birth Injury.

Birth injury, or labor and delivery errors, are forms of medical malpractice that can have a devastating effect on families. This can include mistakes made by the doctor or staff during prenatal care, lack of informed consent, mismanagement of labor or delivery, and other mistakes that result in harm to the mother or baby. A birth injury may cause lifelong physical and emotional damage to the child and the family, resulting in costly medical bills and pain and suffering.

Medical Negligence.

Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider fails to observe the accepted standard of care of their trade. This can include incorrect diagnosis, errors in treatment and surgery, failure to properly monitor a patient, or mistakes made in prescribing drugs. In medical negligence cases, it must be proved that the doctor or healthcare practitioner was negligent; the injury would have been avoided if the mistake had not been made.

Wrongful Death Claims Due to Medical Malpractice.

Wrongful death claims can occur when a doctor or healthcare provider is negligent and it results in the death of a patient. In wrongful death claims, surviving family members will typically seek compensation for their loss. These cases should be evaluated carefully to determine whether the death could have been avoided had the physician used reasonable care and judgement. If so, then there may be grounds for filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties. You can reach our law firm for help at (614) 221-9800.

Prescription Errors and Medical Device Malfunctions.

Prescription errors and medical device malfunctions are two other forms of medical malpractice. A prescription error is an example of medical negligence where a doctor fails to review or check a patient’s records and prescribes the wrong medication or dosage, leading to injury or death. On the other hand, if a medical device is improperly manufactured, installed, maintained or monitored it can lead to devastating consequences, such as infection or even death. In such cases, the manufacturer may be held liable for their negligent behavior. To learn about how our Ohio lawyers can help, call us at 888-200-9824.

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