As a patient seeking medical treatment, you want to trust your medical provider to provide you with the utmost duty of care; unfortunately, that is not always the case. If a healthcare provider neglects to provide appropriate treatment to a patient, medical errors could occur, leading to possible life-threatening outcomes. A study done by John Hopkins Medicine revealed that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, with approximately 250,000 fatalities each year.
Doctors, healthcare providers, and medical professionals have a legal obligation to provide an appropriate standard of medical care to their patients. If they fail to uphold that medical duty, leading to the patient's safety being compromised, it could be medical malpractice.
If you have been a victim suffering from medical malpractice, it's crucial to understand what led to these mistakes.
If a medical professional improperly administers medication or gives the wrong dosage to their patients, there could be adverse reactions. Medication errors, specifically medication administration errors, are among the most common types of medical errors. The U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) receives more than 100,000 reports associated with suspected medication errors each year. There are several ways medication errors can occur in inpatient care:
Medication administration errors.
Improper use of medication.
Prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dose preparation.
Failure to take into consideration a patient's medical condition or history.
Administering the wrong dose of medication
There are significant risks involved in any surgical procedure; however, a patient can suffer a devastating medical outcome, sustain severe injuries, or even die from a surgical error. Many different surgical mistakes could arise if the surgeon or medical professional acts in a negligent way during surgery, including the following actions
Operating on the wrong part of the body.
Anesthesia errors during surgery.
Pre-surgical and post-surgical medical mistakes
Injuring a nerve during surgery.
Failure to retrieve surgical tools inside the body after surgery.
Defective Medical Equipment
A defective medical device can cause harm and lead to a patient experiencing excruciating pain and suffering from severe injuries. Surgical instruments can harm a patient's body during operation, especially if they have defects inside them. The defects could result from a manufacturing defect, where the victim could file a product liability claim.
A doctor or healthcare provider has the significant responsibility to diagnose patients correctly to assign the appropriate treatment. If a doctor fails to disclose a patient's medical condition, injury, or illness, the condition could severely worsen and delay treatment for the patient. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is widespread, especially in medical malpractice lawsuits. According to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development, 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed each year. Approximately 40,000 to 80,000 fatalities are caused by complications from misdiagnoses each year.
Mistakes do happen; however, if your provider's negligence leads to an error that causes you to suffer severe injuries or a life-threatening health condition, you may be entitled to recover damages from these medical mistakes that could have been prevented.