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What Are the Different Elements of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?

Medical malpractice claims are some of the more complex, but they are necessary when a doctor’s negligence can cause some of the most severe harm. Recognizing the different types of medical malpractice claims can help patients understand their rights and understand where errors may arise.

With medical malpractice claims, it’s crucial to hire a lawyer who can take a look at the evidence and use it to safeguard your rights. Below, we will break down some of the more common medical malpractice cases you may encounter and what you can do to increase your ability to seek maximum compensation.

Medical malpractice claims often include:

  • Surgical errors
  • Misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis
  • Pharmaceutical errors

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Surgical Errors

Surgical errors often prove to be some of the biggest problems in medical malpractice. Surgery can significantly impact someone’s life. When an error occurs, the patient can experience long-term pain, detrimental medical conditions, and other injuries.

The four most common surgical errors include:

  • Wrong site surgery: A lapse in judgment, communication error, or misdiagnosis can cause doctors to operate on the wrong part of a patient’s body.
  • Wrong patient surgery: This occurs when the doctor makes a mistake and performs unnecessary surgery on the wrong patient.
  • Leaving an item in the patient: There are several tools used in the operating room. If gauze, a surgical instrument, or other item is left in the patient after surgery, it can cause long-term problems.
  • Surgical mistakes: A small mistake made while the doctor is operating can cause other severe problems. For instance, if the doctor accidentally hits another internal organ, it can cause damage.

Any kind of surgical error can create additional health problems, such as internal organ damage, internal bleeding, and other problems. Surgical errors can also be fatal if not corrected and treated quickly.

Misdiagnosis or Missed Diagnosis

When a patient goes to the doctor for a medical condition, they expect to learn about their issues and possible treatment options. Unfortunately, errors can arise that lead the doctor to miss a diagnosis or label the medical condition incorrectly. Errors can cause some severe problems.

  • A missed diagnosis can cause the patient to continue living their life without the treatment they need.
  • A misdiagnosis can cause the patient to receive incorrect treatment, including surgical errors, bad prescriptions, and more.

One of the biggest issues with misdiagnosis is when a patient has a serious illness, such as cancer. The terminal condition may go untreated until it is in the later stages, at which point it may be untreatable.

Pharmaceutical Errors

Pharmaceutical errors can go hand-in-hand with misdiagnosis. A doctor may prescribe the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage because they believe a patient has a specific condition. They may also incorrectly write how often or how much of a medication to take. These can result in some of the worst damages.

Problems can also arise if the doctor doesn’t check a patient’s history regarding allergies to specific medications or how the medication would react with other medication the patient may be taking. Severe side effects can arise when a pharmaceutical error arises.

When you need representation following medical malpractice, Burnetti, P.A. will be there for you. Our goal is to protect your rights and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf so that you can focus on yourself and your recovery.

Our Florida medical malpractice lawyers work for you. We genuinely care about getting you and other victims the results you deserve after medical negligence. We are ready to stand in your corner and safeguard your best interests every step of the way. Let us take on large insurance companies protecting doctors and medical facilities. We’ve got you covered.

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