What are the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice?
Port St. Lucie has some of the best hospitals and medical clinics in the country. Unfortunately, these facilities are still not immune to acts of negligence and when they occur, patients can suffer immeasurable harm as a result. Patients visit healthcare facilities when they are injured or sick, and they trust the medical professionals to treat them and make them better. When healthcare professionals are negligent and cause harm to a patient, it is known as medical malpractice. While not every unfavorable medical result is considered medical malpractice, there are some common forms of this type of negligence, which are found below.
Surgical errors are more common than most people think. This type of error can occur when medical equipment, such as sponges or tools, are left inside a patient’s body during surgery. When surgeons operate on the wrong side of the body, or the wrong patient, it is also a case of medical malpractice.
Anesthesiologists are required to properly administer anesthesia to a patient during certain procedures. If too little of a drug is given, the patient may wake up during surgery. If too much is administered, it could severely harm the patient and result in brain damage or even death. Anesthesiologists are also required to constantly monitor the patient during the procedure to ensure the drug level, and the patient’s vital signs, are appropriate. When medical professionals fail to take the proper measures, they can be held liable.
Emergency Room Errors
Emergency rooms are busy places. Patients visit them when they need urgent care and are suffering from a severe illness or injury. Even though emergency room environments can sometimes be chaotic, the healthcare professionals within them are still responsible for providing a high standard of care. When they misdiagnose a patient, or fail to treat them in a timely manner, it may be a case of medical malpractice.
Prescription errors can happen in a number of ways. A doctor may prescribe a medication to the wrong patient, or they may fail to review the patient’s history and prescribe a drug that negatively interacts with another medication the patient is taking. Additionally, pharmacists may also mislabel a drug or improperly prepare it.
A birth should be a joyful and exciting time for parents. Labor and delivery rooms though, are also very busy and there is a lot going on within them. Still, doctors and other medical professionals are required to know what to do, and how to prevent birth complications and injuries from occurring. Although not every birth injury is a result of medical malpractice, they are when a medical error occurred and caused the injury.
Our Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers have the Necessary Experience for Your Case
If you have been hurt by a medical professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, medical malpractice cases are some of the most complex types of personal injury claims in Florida. At Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., our Port St. Lucie personal injury lawyers have the necessary experience to prove a healthcare professional was to blame for your injuries, and we will hold them accountable for paying the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call us today at (772) 905-8692 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our skilled attorneys.