Medical malpractice may take place when an individual receives improper treatment from a doctor or other medical professional. Although there are many different circumstances that may lead to these issues, there are several types of errors that occur most frequently:
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis: Medical professionals are responsible for providing you with a diagnosis of your condition in an accurate and timely manner. If you are misdiagnosed, you may receive a course of treatment not appropriate for your needs. In the case of delayed diagnosis, your illness may not be treated until it has grown in severity or is beyond repair.
- Birth injuries: Malpractice during the birth of a child may result in brain injuries, fractured bones and nerve damage. Additionally, substandard care during pregnancy may cause difficulties during childbirth and undiagnosed medical conditions. Malpractice may also include failure to identify birth defects or disease in the child, failure to anticipate complications during birth or failure to order a Cesarean section when one is necessary.
- Inappropriate medication: About 1.5 million Americans are victims of medication errors each year. This occurs when an inappropriate drug or dosage is prescribed to a patient. Errors of this nature can also take place if equipment, nurses or pharmacists distribute the incorrect dosage of a drug.
- Anesthesia and surgery mistakes: Anesthesia errors are serious problems may result in permanent injury, brain damage or death. If anesthesiologists do not administer medication correctly, are inattentive to the patient’s vital signs or otherwise improperly use equipment, they may be considered negligent. Additionally, surgical errors may result in damage to organs, failure to remove surgical equipment from the body or improper post-operative treatment.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to the negligence of a health care professional, contact a dedicated San Diego medical malpractice attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP.