Medical Negligence: What does it look like and how is it proved?
What are the steps involved in proving Medical Negligence?
Common types of Medical Negligence
Misdiagnosis is a common mistake that can cause severe injuries and have life-threatening consequences. Some of the most common examples of misdiagnosis are cancer, stroke, heart attack, and sepsis.
Surgical Procedure Errors occur in a number of ways; when the wrong side or area of the body is operated on, surgical tools or sponges are left in the surgical site, or the wrong surgery is performed.
Birth Injuries can affect both mother and child during the child-birth process, resulting in life-threatening and lasting injuries. Some common conditions that can be caused by birth injuries include cerebral palsy, nerve damage, cephalohematoma, and spinal cord injuries.
Failure to Treat or Monitor the patient occurs when a doctor gives a correct diagnosis but their treatment falls below the Standard of Care. This can include poor follow-up care and early discharge from the hospital resulting in a worsened condition.
Prescription Errors can occur when medical professionals prescribe a patient with the wrong medication, wrong dosage, or incorrect administration of medication. If a patient is prescribed medication that interacts poorly with another, this can also cause harm to the patient.