What Qualifies As Medical Malpractice?

Just because a patient is unhappy with the outcome of a 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 health care provider was negligent in some way.

To prove negligence, it must be shown that the doctor 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 Errors

Childbirth injuries are often entirely preventable and can be caused by a doctor's failure to identify and respond to various conditions prior to and during childbirth. Negligent prenatal care, such as failure to identify birth defects or medical conditions, can be evidence of malpractice. Other errors may include improper use of forceps or failure to order a C-section.

Surgical Errors

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 postoperative care, which can lead to serious complications and infections.

Medication Errors

Medication errors can happen in several ways. Doctors can err by prescribing the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage. Even if a prescription is correct, nurses may give the patient the wrong medicine or dosage. Machine apparatuses may contribute to a medication mistake if it malfunctions and delivers the medication incorrectly.

Anesthesia Errors

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 postoperative risks, uses defective equipment or intubates patients improperly.

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If you have suffered harm due to a doctor error, call Webb & Taylor, LLC, at or contact us online to speak with an attorney. We offer free consultations. We have offices in Peachtree City and Atlanta, and we serve clients anywhere in Georgia.