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4 Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims

Have you or a loved one suffered due to the mistake of a healthcare professional? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for this medical malpractice. Whether you experienced more pain, an injury, or illness from a healthcare professional’s error, hiring a San Diego Legal malpractice attorney can help with your case.

Below are just a few common types of medical malpractice claims, but it is not a complete list. Any time that a medical professional makes a mistake, a lawsuit may be an option.

1. Misdiagnosis

This is the most common type of medical malpractice claim. If you visit a healthcare professional and they fail to provide you with an accurate diagnosis, you may be able to file a complaint against the healthcare professional. Since failure to diagnosis properly can result in further illness, injury, pain, suffering, or potentially death, a healthcare professional should always focus their attention on making a correct diagnosis the first time.

2. Providing the Improper Treatment Plan

In some cases, you may receive the right diagnosis from a healthcare professional but not the right treatment plan. Merely diagnosing a patient is not enough to help them heal. If the wrong treatment or medication is provided for a patient, their condition may not improve, and it could even worsen over time. A healthcare professional should accurately prescribe care that will enhance their patient’s health to avoid a medical malpractice claim.

3. Errors Made in Surgery

When a patient undergoes surgery, any number of things can cause concern. That is why it is vital that patients trust their doctors and surgeons to provide the best care possible. However, in some cases, errors in surgery cause increased pain and suffering for a patient. For example, a surgeon may injure another organ in the body or nerve when performing an operation. Additionally, surgeons sometimes leave items in the body by mistake when closing up an area of the body. These can cause infections and other side effects for patients who do not know there is a foreign object inside of them.

4. Errors Made During the Birthing Process

Giving birth in a hospital is a delicate operation. Doctors should be prepared to handle any and all circumstances, but in some cases, they may cause more suffering for the mother or the child during the birthing process. This can be heightened during a Caesarian section when surgery must occur or when dealing with anesthesia. Even if the birth itself seems to be going well, some conditions can develop shortly afterward that can put the mother and child in danger. For example, excessive bleeding can be an issue and may be due to negligence on the part of the doctor.

If you suspect that your doctor, nurse, or other medical professional made a mistake in your medical care, you might have a legal claim. Consulting a San Diego medical malpractice attorney will help you decide what to do next. Contact Edward J. Babbitt to learn more about your legal rights.