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Know Your Rights: 5 Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Know Your Rights: 5 Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Every year people throughout California go to hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other health facilities to be treated for injuries and illnesses. While these people generally receive the help they need, there are some instances where people’s experience is more traumatic, than it is helpful.  When healthcare professionals are negligent or incompetent, their mistakes can result in serious harm to a patient. This is known as medical malpractice. There are several types of medical malpractice claims that a patient can make including:

Anesthesia errors: If an anesthesiologist fails to give you the correct amount of anesthesia during a procedure, whether too much or too little, it can have serious consequences.

Surgical errors: There are several types of surgical errors that can occur including wrong patient surgery, wrong site surgery, damage to an organ, and incorrect incisions. Errors that happen during a surgery can pose great danger to the patient including lifelong damage and even death.

Misdiagnosis: In order for a doctor to prescribe treatment, he/she must first accurately diagnose a patient’s symptoms. When a doctor or nurse misdiagnoses a patient, and he/she receives improper treatment for their condition, the patient could suffer further injury.

Prescription errors: This type of medical malpractice occurs frequently resulting in harm to patients every year. There are several types of prescription drug errors including incorrect dosage, wrong medication, and defective drugs.

Childbirth errors: There are situations either immediately before or after birth that can result in injury, and death, of a baby. If a mother is given an inappropriate drug, the medical professional mishandles the delivery, or the baby is not given adequate afterbirth care serious harm can result.

Have you or a member of your family been injured, or died, from a doctor’s negligent behavior? You deserve legal representation from an experienced San Jose personal injury attorney in your case. Contact Scire Law today to request your free consultation.