Medical experts in any field are expected to only provide the absolute best care while performing their job duties. Otherwise, a patient’s wellbeing can be lost and they may suffer serious injury or death. However, despite the constant reminder from internal and external sources to always adhere to the utmost standards of medical care and procedures, medical malpractice remains prevalent across the country.
What Are Some Common Forms of Medical Malpractice?
- Delayed diagnosis: Patients need correct diagnoses and with as little delay as possible in order to best fight off health conditions and recover from injuries. Being diagnosed for the wrong disorder, or not being diagnosed at all, jeopardizes the patient’s overall health. It may even lead to unnecessary medical procedures that can cause an arrangement of different, new problems on their own.
- Emergency department lapses: A hectic emergency department at a hospital is stressful and must be carefully organized by management staff. Doctors, nurses, and surgeons have to know who is on-hand and who will be assigned to each patient as they arrive. Miscommunications can cause lapses in emergency treatment that end up costing lives.
- Medication errors: Prescription medications can work wonders for patients, but only when prescribed correctly. The wrong dosage of the right drug can be just as dangerous as the wrong drug altogether. Patients with incorrect prescriptions may not realize they are being harmed by their own medicine until years later, possibly following a subsequent re-diagnosis.
- Surgical errors: The mistakes of a surgical team are often the most egregious out of any type of medical malpractice. There are cases of the wrong body part being operated on, anesthesia being administered in dangerous levels, and even surgical instruments like gauze or needles being left inside a patient after the surgery is completed.
What Causes Medical Malpractice Events?
While it is true that everyone makes mistakes at work, we can all agree that medical professionals and practitioners must be held to a higher standard than people in other occupations. After all, a single mistake could be the direct and only cause of someone suffering a serious injury or losing their life. With this said, the causes of medical malpractice are often in alignment with the causes of any other sort of occupational error.
Medical malpractice is commonly caused by:
- Inexperience with a certain medical procedure
- Exhaustion from long hours or shifts
- Mixed up patient files
- General negligence
It is important to remember that there is no excuse for medical malpractice, only causes. If you or a loved one have been harmed through the mistakes of a doctor or physician, then you should consider how you can gain fair compensation for resulting damages, including medical costs, lost wages and undue pain and suffering. You can begin exploring your legal options by calling (314) 241-2929 and talking to The Simon Law Firm and our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers. Since 2000, we have been able to collect more than $1 billion in recoveries for our clients through successful case results, including those related to medical malpractice claims.
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