Medical malpractice lawsuits are becoming more and more common. It is unclear whether the increase in cases is an indication of a poorer quality of care in the health system, an increase in the number of victims that seek compensation, or an increase in awareness of patient rights. Whatever the case may be, medical malpractice can lead to serious and sometimes lifelong injury. Here are the three main types of medical malpractice.
A large number of medical malpractice cases involve surgical procedures and mistakes. These mistakes could include performing the wrong procedure for the patient’s condition, leaving pads or tools in the body cavity, or making a mistake during the procedure itself. If the surgical mistake was one that could reasonably have been prevented, it is deemed the fault of the negligence of the surgeon, and you could be entitled to compensation.
Prescription Drug Malpractice
You have probably heard of prescription drug companies being held liable for undisclosed, serious side effects. However, there are some instances in which the drug being prescribed in the first place is a mistake by the doctor. If your doctor does not take into consideration your full medical history and conditions and you are harmed by the medication you are prescribed, it could be a case of medical malpractice.
Medical Device Malpractice
Medical devices sometimes fail, and in some cases it is the fault of the manufacturer. But when a medical device is used in a way that it was not intended or if the doctor makes a mistake in prescribing the medical device due to certain underlying conditions or medical history, it becomes a case of medical malpractice.
If you or your loved one has been harmed by medical malpractice in any of these forms, contact us today for information about how we can help or to set up an appointment for a free consultation.