Medical malpractice is a relatively common problem in the United States. Unfortunately, more than 250,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives each year due to medical mistakes. What’s more, medical errors are the third-leading cause of fatalities after heart disease and cancer.
However, you can only have a viable medical malpractice case if a medical professional does one of the following:
- Neglects to provide adequate care,
- Fails to take the proper action, or
- Provides inferior care that causes harm, injury, or death to a patient.
Read on for five examples of medical malpractice cases.
#1 – Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis.
Studies show that 12 million Americans over 18-years-old who seek medical care are misdiagnosed every year.
#2 – Misreading or failing to acknowledge laboratory results.
Laboratory results are often used to identify ailments such as:
- Internal inflammation
- Hormone levels
- Vital organ function
- Blood cell counts
- Occurrence of tumors
#3 – Unnecessary surgery.
Unnecessary surgery is defined as “any surgical intervention that is either not needed, not indicated, or not in the patient’s best interest when weighed against other available options, including conservative measures.”
#4 – Surgical errors or surgeries on the wrong site.
In the U.S., there are at least 4,000 surgery mistakes each year.
#5 – Incorrect medication or dosage.
Every year, 7,000 to 9,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives due to a medication error.
If you’ve been harmed as a result of medical malpractice, our team is here to help you recover the compensation you deserve to help pay for your losses. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office right away with any questions you may have.