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Many people are not aware about what medical malpractice is and how they can determine if they are a victim of this. Below are some medical errors that you need to know for you to determine if you are a victim of medical malpractice.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a professional negligence of a health care provider by omission or act that involved medical error causing the patient to suffer injury or worse case, death. Wherein the treatment provided is below the accepted medical standard of practice. There are certain legal definition where you can determine medical malpractice occur.
Medical Error and Legal Definition of Medical Malpractice
Misdiagnosis/ Delayed Diagnosis One of the most medical malpractice complaint cases is about misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis with the patients. Patient who suffer serious medical condition and fail or delayed to diagnose might cause him/him to miss treatment that may cause his/her condition to get worse or even death.
For you to determine of the doctor any medical provider did this medical malpractice is to compare what the treating doctor did or didn’t do with other competent doctor in the same field of expertise. Of you notice certain different medical treatment or medical error then a medical malpractice occurs.
Injuries During Childbirth Medical malpractice may cause fatal injuries cases like brain injuries, fractures bones, nerve damage, etc. However, in most cases these childbirth injuries may caused by other factors than medical practice.
Prenatal Care Negligence
If medical treatment negligence happened during the pregnancy, it may harm the mother or the mother of both. Below are some prenatal care negligence when the obstetrician or physician’s:
fail to diagnose the mother medical condition
fail to identify birth defects
fail to diagnose a disease that may affect the fetus
Negligence of the doctor during childbirth may cause harm and injuries both to the mother and the baby. Below are some common childbirth medical errors:
Fail to anticipate complication during birth like tangled umbilical cord, etc.
Fail to order cesarean section when the patient’s condition was appropriate
Incompetent use of vacuum extractor or a forceps
Errors in Medication Errors in medication may occur in many ways from the initial prescription, during operation procedure, and even after the medication. Below are common errors in medication that happen in several ways:
Incorrect dosage written on the prescription
Correct prescription, but the nurse or the medical personnel administers an incorrect amount
Equipment got malfunction causing the large medicines intake not taken in the appropriate time.
Anesthesia Errors Anesthesia errors in most cases are more dangerous than any medical malpractice like surgery mistakes. This may result in brain damage, permanent injury or death. Below are some anesthesia errors that an anesthesiologist can commit:
Fail to investigate medical history of the patient for possible complications
Fail to inform the risk involved when preoperational instruction failed to follow by the patient
giving to much anesthesia
fail to monitor the vital signs of the patient
improper putting of the tube in the patient’s trachea
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