When Doctors Make Errors
Many medical malpractice cases arise from errors made by doctors and other healthcare professionals. While the percentage of cases involving doctor errors is very small, certain types of mistakes do come up more often than others.
Just because a patient was unhappy with the outcome of a certain treatment, or even if the doctor did make a mistake, that does not automatically mean that malpractice occurred. In order to meet the definition of medical malpractice, it must be proven that the doctor or healthcare provider was negligent in some way. To prove negligence, it must be shown that the doctor was somehow incompetent or inexperienced, and acted in a manner that a group of their peers would agree was not the appropriate course of action.
What are Some Common Doctor Errors?
Below are a few examples of common errors that doctors may make:
Childbirth injuries affect five out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States. These injuries are often entirely preventable and can be caused by a doctor’s failure to identify and respond to various conditions both prior to and during childbirth. Negligent prenatal care, including failure to identify birth defects and ectopic pregnancies, as well as not diagnosing and treating any medical conditions belonging to the mother or fetus, can be evidence of malpractice. Negligence during childbirth, including not responding to fetal distress, improper use of forceps, or failure to order a C-section are also errors that qualify as malpractice.
Errors in surgery can be very serious and life threatening. Operating room errors arising from negligence can include damaging internal organs, leaving surgical instruments in the body, or operating on the wrong body part. Other errors can be the result of improper post-operative care, which can lead to serious complications and infections.
Medication and Anesthesia Errors
Medication errors can happen in any of several ways. Doctors can err by prescribing the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage that is either too high or too low. Even if a prescription is correct, nurses may err in administration and give the patient the wrong medicine or dosage. Machine apparatus, too, may contribute to a medication mistake if it malfunctions and delivers the medication incorrectly.
Anesthesia errors are perhaps the most serious errors of all, as even a small mistake can result in brain damage, permanent injury, or death. Medical malpractice can occur if the anesthesiologist fails to consider the patient’s medical history, fails to disclose post-operative risks if certain precautions aren’t taken, administers too much anesthesia, uses defective equipment, or intubates patients improperly.
Have You Been the Victim of a Doctor Error?
If you have suffered harm due to a doctor error, you may have a medical malpractice case on your hands and may be able to hold your doctor liable for damages. You shouldn’t have to suffer for someone else’s mistakes – let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve so that you can get your life back. Don’t wait another minute, time is valuable to your case!
Contact the Peachtree City medical malpractice lawyers at Webb & Taylor, LLC today at (770) 631-1811 to schedule your free initial consultation.