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Medical Malpractice Blog Post

Types of Malpractice Claims in California

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is somehow injured or harmed by the negligence of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. There are a variety of types of medical malpractice cases, including: 

  • Misdiagnosis. When a doctor makes an incorrect diagnosis or fails to make a diagnosis within a reasonable amount of time, this is classified as a misdiagnosis case. In these cases, you must be able to demonstrate that a reasonably competent doctor would have made a timely, correct diagnosis given the evidence available to them. The effects of misdiagnosis can be serious, as a patient could receive treatment for a condition that he or she does not even have, or no treatment at all.
  • Birth injuries. In some cases, birth injuries like cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy, fractures and more could be caused by negligence from a medical professional. The negligence could occur during childbirth itself or during prenatal care. The effects of these injuries could be minor or could lead to lifelong defects, and doctors could be held liable for them.
  • Medication errors. This type of malpractice revolves around doctors writing bad prescriptions. Examples include prescriptions for the wrong drug, dosage errors, administration of improper dosages and more.
  • Surgical errors. Surgical errors can include anything from operating on the wrong body part to leaving surgical equipment inside of the body.
  • Anesthesia errors. In many cases, anesthesia mistakes can be more serious than surgical errors, as even a small error could cause permanent brain damage or death. It is commonly caused by doctors failing to check a patient’s medical history for potential complications or failing to inform the patient of the risks involved with anesthesia.


If you believe your injuries were due to medical malpractice, you may need to seek compensation from those at fault. Speak with a knowledgeable San Diego personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.

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