Interactions with doctors are helpful since almost all physicians are caring health professionals. But mistakes, like medical errors and medical injury, can happen. Common causes are when the wrong medicine is prescribed, or a primary doctor fails to refer a patient to a specialist despite a set of symptoms. While less than one percent of hospital patients become medical malpractice victims, it is still a flaw in the medical field. When a doctor is negligent, he or she has failed to meet their “duty of care.” It means that they are, in a way, inconsistent with how other medical professionals would have acted under similar circumstances. In this post, we showcase some of the things you need to know about medical malpractice. 

Top Causes of Medical Practice

The most typical cause of medical malpractice is miscommunication between members of your medical association. For example, miscommunication can occur when changes occur in a hospital between doctors and physicians or between the surgeon and the surgical team. Occasionally, hospitals and other health care facilities are the cause of medical malpractice. Suppose a healthcare facility fails to properly maintain its medical equipment, hire qualified staff, properly train its employees, or thoroughly clean its environment. In that case, it could be held liable for the resulting accidents. Fortunately, most health centers have systems and processes to reduce or eliminate human error by checking the surgical site before proceeding. 

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

The following are types of medical malpractice that are usually filed for cases. 

Surgical errors. The most common surgical errors are wrong-site surgery, wrong patient surgery, unsanitary surgical instruments, organ injury, and neurological damage. Sometimes, surgical errors are preventable mistakes or negligence caused by carelessness; they are just unfortunate outcomes in other cases. 

Anesthesia errors. When a patient undergoes surgery, they are generally sedated under the care of an anesthesiologist. Because anesthesia can cause a sudden reaction in a patient, the anesthesiologist’s job is to investigate the patient’s history and monitor the person’s vital signs during surgery.

Misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose typically happens in outpatient situations. Suppose a physician fails to recognize signs of, for example, cancer or cardiovascular disease. In that case, the therapy that could have life-threatening consequences will be suspended or postponed, which can have life threatening consequences for the patient.

Birth Injuries. Gynecologists and obstetricians file approximately 20% of all medical malpractice cases for birth injuries to the baby or mother or improper delivery (when no significant congenital disability is revealed). Gynecologists face more medical malpractice claims than any other type of physician. 

Medication errors. The most common mistake is the incorrect dosage. Other medication errors include prescribing the wrong drug for diagnosis or prescribing the wrong prescription for wrong diagnosis. Pharmacists can be held liable for injuries if they fail to warn patients of possibly harmful side effects or if they fail to warn that the new medication will interfere with the patient’s previous medication.