Cases of Medical Malpractice LawsuitsAs per the law, medical malpractice can be defined as an act or omission by a health care provider, which deviates from the accepted standards of practice in the medical community and which causes an injury to the patient.
Medical malpractice can be simply termed as a professional negligence. In the U.S. alone, around 80,000 persons die every year due to medical negligence. However, only 2 percent victims of medical malpractice approach the court of law seeking compensation. Many countries including the U.S. have a specific law to deal with the cases of medical negligence
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed against a hospital or an individual medical practitioner such as a doctor, surgeon, dentist, pharmacist or healthcare staff whose service resulted in an injury or death. These lawsuits normally include misdiagnosis, prescription errors, and negligence during surgery, birth problems and inadequate care provided to elders.
Misdiagnosis: Medical records and diagnostic results are often improperly diagnosed in case of patients suffering with cancer. Misdiagnosis of a medical condition can sometimes be fatal. A majority of medical negligence lawsuits involve situations where a medical condition was misdiagnosed.
Surgical Errors: This is another important example of medical negligence. A patient might suffer with serious postoperative side effects and financial loss when a surgery is performed incorrectly. Other common surgical errors include -- leaving surgical instruments inside a patient’s body or to operate on the wrong body part. One can file a lawsuit in any such instances.
Anesthesia: Improper use of anesthetic agents or improper administration of anesthesia can result in serious physical damage that might even be fatal. It is the responsibility of an anesthesiologist to assess whether the patient is in a suitable state for receiving anesthesia or not.
Child delivery: There are several issues that a medical professional must look into while assisting with pregnancy and childbirth. Some of these include Rh-incompatibility, large baby syndrome, birth injury, cerebral palsy or brain damage. Improper medical care can cause physical deformities and severe mental abnormalities in children, suggesting that care providers may have committed a medical malpractice.