Medical malpractice is loosely defined as a breach in the standards of care for the treatment of a patient. In cases of medical malpractice, there is often a failure of the doctor to uphold certain competencies that would otherwise ensure the wellbeing of the patient, causing harm to them or posing a risk to their health. These cases typically stem from a variety of potential errors in medical procedures and treatments, and these forms of incompetence can have potentially serious, even life-threatening consequences for the patient following their treatment. While there are many potential errors that can contribute to medical malpractice, consider these four common errors to keep in mind.
Errors in Childbirth
If a medical professional makes an error or uses excessive force on the mother or baby during childbirth, it could present some potentially serious and lifelong consequences for the child. This can include birth injuries that may affect the child’s ability to speak, eat, or move throughout their life. In these circumstances, the error may be considered medical malpractice due to the birth injury and failure to follow the proper protocol during childbirth.
Errors in surgery can also have serious consequences for the patient, such as damage to otherwise healthy organs or affected mobility. In such cases, a competent surgeon would be required to testify to compare the protocol and outcomes of the surgery with that of a competent professional.
Errors with Patient Prescriptions
Prescription errors can have life threatening consequences for patients, as the wrong prescription, or a prescription with an allergen, can be toxic for the individual taking the medication. These types of errors are one of the most common, as they are often related to factors such as illegible prescriptions, incorrect dosages, and incorrect medications.
An error involving anesthesia can be especially dangerous because the patient is often unconscious or unaware following the error. These errors can also be fatal if the patient has an allergy to an ingredient in the anesthesia that may cause complications with their heart rate, blood pressure, or body temperature.
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