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Medical errors or mistakes are the third leading cause of death across the country. Doctors are “practicing medicine,” which puts them in charge of providing the appropriate standard of care to the best of their abilities and knowledge, but physicians often deviate from this standard, which can lead to severe patient injuries or even wrongful death. Unfortunately, many medical malpractice claims go unfiled, so it’s important to know what constitutes medical malpractice and the most common errors committed by medical professionals.
Medical malpractice is involved any time a patient experiences unnecessary injuries or complications due to negligence or error by the doctor, another medical professional or the healthcare facility itself. Medical malpractice covers a wide range of injuries, abuse and wrongful death.
Some of the most common cases involve:
1. Surgical Errors
In some instances, a surgeon performs the wrong operation on the patient or operates on the wrong body part. It’s also not entirely uncommon for a surgical instrument such as a surgical towel to be left inside a patient after the procedure is done. There are many aspects of surgery that can go wrong if the doctor failed to properly review your chart or was distracted/fatigued during the procedure.
2. Missed or Delayed Diagnosis
This happens any time a doctor fails to notice common warning signs of diseases and conditions or neglects to order the correct tests to confirm your ailment. When a doctor is unsure of what’s causing your symptoms, he or she is required to refer you to a specialist or to look for further information through medical research and documentation.
A missed or delayed diagnosis can severely impact the treatment of your condition (especially when this involves a cancer diagnosis) and could put your life at risk.
3. Birth Injuries
Childbirth injuries account for an estimated 20 percent of medical malpractice suits. OBGYNs have the highest rate of lawsuits among all medical professionals. These cases often deal with newborn injuries that could have been avoided such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erbs’ palsy
If you think your injuries or the death of a loved one was caused by medical error or negligence, please contact our attorneys in Orlando at (407) 712-7300 to schedule your FREE consultation. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter fight for justice for clients throughout Florida and nationwide.