When people think of medical malpractice, they often think of tragic and catastrophic events. People often associate malpractice with physical injury, but malpractice means improper, illegal, or negligent professional activity or treatment. This opens the concept of malpractice away from the big surgical errors to the smaller issues like mishandling files or neglectful treatment. Even though these small things can and often lead to bigger errors, it is important to keep this in mind because sometimes you can catch the error before it makes an even bigger impact than it may already have.
Here are the most common types of malpractice:
- Surgical Mistakes: Surgeons and hospitals really do try the best to make sure that each surgery goes to plan, but to be human is to err. The most common surgical mistakes are performing the wrong kind of surgery, leaving some instruments inside the person, amputation of an incorrect limb, or performing surgery on the wrong patient. These wrongful surgeries make HUGE impacts on personal life.
- Failing to Diagnose or Misdiagnose: For adults, the most misdiagnosis is heart attacks or cancer. For teens and children, it is for meningitis. Famous misdiagnosis is in 2005 when pop singer Kylie Minogue’s doctors failed to diagnose her with breast cancer.
- Prescribing Wrong Medications: As you get older sometimes your medication multiplies in addressing the increasing issues with your body. Sometimes medications conflict with each other and your doctor should know this, but sometimes they are neglectful and you end up taking prescriptions that don’t mix well with each other resulting in injury or death.
- Injuries During Childbirth: Give birth is a magical moment that can quickly lead to emergencies. These injuries can be toward the child or the mother. Famous actor Dennis Quaid and his wife successfully sued a hospital because they gave their twins a near-fatal overdose.
From these examples, it is clear that hospitals don’t always get it right. Medical malpractice can lead to fatal results. If you or a loved one has suffered from or currently suffering from an injury due to medical malpractice, please reach out to our medical malpractice attorney in California at Licata & Yeremenko, A Professional Law Corporation.
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Since 2000 our attorneys have serviced the California community. We have the extensive experience and resources to help you during this complicated time of your life. Medical malpractice requires a lot of particular documenting and filing. It is important to review documents with the utmost scrutiny because hospitals are out to protect themselves despite the services they provide. Unless there is extreme obvious evidence of neglect, companies are less likely to concede. This is why you need aggressive and professional attorneys on your side. Give us a call at 818-783-5757 or click here for a free consultation. We want to hear your story because we know you have been hurt and your pain deserves compensation. Let us fight for you while you continue to recover.