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Common Reasons for Medical Malpractice Claims

Published on March 10th, 2021

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

When a person entrusts their health and wellbeing to a hospital or medical professional(s), there is an expectation that their medical needs will be handled with the utmost care and concern. However, medical staff are human beings, and human beings make mistakes. Some mistakes can have tragic consequences in the world of medicine.

When these preventable situations occur, victims of negligence should always receive an opportunity to have their case evaluated and the ability to seek compensation.

In order to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you must be able to prove several factors in regards to your case. You can find a list of qualifying requirements here.

Medical mistakes often lead to unnecessary pain, suffering, resulting medical expenses, and even death. The serious circumstances which surround medical malpractice lawsuits, as well as the intricate involvement of insurance companies, is why seeking legal representation is vital to the outcome of your personal injury case.

What Are Some Common Medical Malpractice Claims?

Medical errors are, unfortunately, typical in the United States. There are thousands of lawsuits every year. Some of the most common reasons for filing a malpractice claim are listed below.

  • Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis – Diagnosing a patient can be difficult, as many illnesses and conditions share symptoms, show themselves in unexpected ways, are masked by medications taken for other conditions, etc. However, misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose a patient, can sometimes be entirely due to a doctor’s negligence.
  • Problems With A Prescription – Prescription errors are common, and can have deadly consequences. A doctor may prescribe the wrong medication, fail to fully and properly disclose possible side effects, prescribe medication that interacts negatively with another medication the patient is already taking, or prescribe the wrong dose. Prescriptions may also be dispensed incorrectly by other medical personnel.
  • Birth Injury and Death – A medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed for either the baby or the mother in cases of negligent birth injury or death. Mistakes made by OBGYNs and hospitals can cause permanent damage. Some examples of injuries include spinal cord injuries, postpartum hemorrhaging, brain injuries, peripheral nerve damage, etc.
  • Surgical Mistakes – Errors made in the operating room may result in life-long effects, or even cause death. These errors can include leaving foreign objects inside a patient’s body, making incorrect incisions, or even operating on the wrong area of the body.
  • Anesthesia – Errors made in administering anesthesia can lead to death or significant injuries. A patient’s medical history plays a part in the amount of anesthesia they should receive, as well as their individual body weight, age, and other factors. How long a procedure will take also plays a role. If the incorrect amount of anesthesia is administered, this could be grounds for filing a malpractice lawsuit.

Medical Malpractice – Rockford Attorneys You Can Trust

If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a medical professional, practice, or hospital staff due to negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for resulting injuries or death. Filing a medical malpractice claim is never easy. In order to ensure you have a case, and better the chances that case stands up in court, you should invest in a personal injury lawyer.

Finding a reliable attorney to represent you can be difficult, especially when you are already dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of a doctor’s or hospital’s mistake. Rely on American Law Firm, P.C. if you believe you have suffered because of a medical professional’s negligent behavior. We are your personal injury and accident lawyers in Rockford, Illinois.

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