When we visit a doctor or medical professional for the treatment of medical illness, we expect that they will at least provide us with a safe, if not effective, treatment. The last thing we expect is a departure that threatens our security – at least not without our prior knowledge of the dangers. Because medicine is such a delicate area of work, health care providers must be trained and experienced before they can treat patients.
It is expected to provide patients with a high level of care. When doctors make mistakes dealing with a patient, the consequences can be catastrophic. They must act immediately to cope with dangerous situations. Failure to do so means completely ignoring the safety of their patients and may be accused of a crime related to medical malpractice. The problem is far from complete. Here is a list of the most common medical negligence areas:
Misdiagnosis: An obligation of the doctor to correctly identify the patient’s illness. This is actually one of the most important stages of treatment because if someone is diagnosed incorrectly, it follows that the medicine is also incorrect. It is very important that doctors carefully analyse the results of tests and examinations. According to the study, the inability to diagnose breast cancer accounted for 40% of legal cases for abuse.
Medication Errors: Lack of proper treatment is included in a large percentage of medical malpractice cases. This can be in the form of incorrect medicine, incorrect dose, incorrect prescription or incorrect combination of drugs. Instead of alleviating the patient’s condition, treatment errors lead to further damage and even to illegal death.
Birth Injuries: Complications of childbirth threaten the life of the child and mother. Injuries during labour can be caused by one or the following combination: lack of antenatal care, inability to perform tests that can indicate anomalies, inability to recognize the symptoms of the foetus, acceleration of delivery that caused trauma to the child and the mother, and finally, the lack of adequate care for premature babies. This neglect can cause cerebral palsy.
Surgical Errors: There are various forms of neglect in the operating room due to the lack of pre-operational planning and standard care. Surgical errors such as piercing internal organs, lack of an adequate dose of anaesthesia, working with the wrong part of the body, leaving surgical instruments and performing the wrong surgical methods can lead to serious and fatal injuries and the medical negligence claims that follow.
Anaesthesia Malpractice: Administration of anaesthesia requires very fine and thorough technique. For an anaesthesiologist, it is important to make sure the patient does not have any pre-existing conditions that can cause complications when injecting anaesthesia. Incorrect dosing or use of anaesthesia can lead to disability or death.
There are many more specific types of medical errors not only in surgery but also in specialized fields of medicine such as dentistry and gynaecology. Even pharmacists who supply unsuitable medication other than prescribed may be charged with medical malpractice, especially if it caused serious and serious damage to the patient.
Unjustified delays in treatment or inability to gain consent for treatment are also grounds for claims. If this happens, immediately contact a reputable lawyer so that the responsible party can be held responsible for his negligence.