Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is the legal term when a health care professional fails to act in accordance with the medical standards of care and injures another as a result.

What Are the Different Degrees of Negligence in Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice happens when a hospital, physician, or health care professional causes an injury to a patient. This type of malpractice can be caused by many different actions or omissions, but usually the main cause of medical malpractice is negligence. In these cases, courts will define negligence as a health care professional’s failure to provide the amount of care and skill of the average person who practices that provider’s medical specialty. Not every medical malpractice case is the same though, so it’s important to consider the range of negligent actions that can occur. What Types of Negligent Acts Can Occur in Medical Malpractice Cases? Accidents: Accidents technically mean that no one is at fault for the injury that occurred. However, medical negligence can easily be misclassified as an accident at first investigation. In order to determine if it was an accident or negligence, you will have to examine the medical…
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The Many Faces of Medical Malpractice, Part 3: Medication Errors

Medical malpractice takes many forms. One of these is prescription or medication errors. Doctors and pharmacists have a responsibility to act in a manner that protects the safety of patients. When they do not, injury and even death can result. There are various ways that prescription drug error can occur. For example: Improper dosage Prescribing the wrong medication Mislabeling medication Failing to test patients for allergies and then prescribing medication the patients are allergic to Prescribing something that interacts negatively with other medications the patient takes Failure to warn of common side effects Liability in Prescription Errors When someone is injured due to prescription or medication errors, there can be many different parties responsible. That can include physicians, nurses, hospitals, pharmacies, pharmacists and even the manufacturer of the drugs involved. And it is not uncommon – even something as small as a misplaced decimal point can lead to a fatal…
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The Many Faces of Medical Malpractice, Part 2: Obstetric/Gynecological Negligence

This week’s blog in our medical malpractice series will center on negligence affecting pregnancy or childbirth, or obstetric/gynecological negligence. Medical negligence affecting a mother or a baby during pregnancy or birth is an unfortunately common issue. This is despite advances in medical technology over the course of the last century. Simply put, having a baby is complicated and it is easy for something to go wrong when doctors are negligent. The following list, by no means exhaustive, shows some of the most common ways childbirth can lead to birth injuries: Excessive or unexplained vaginal bleeding Abnormalities in the placenta, such as placental abruption Long-lasting labor that injures the mother or child Preeclampsia, which can lead to organ damage (often kidney damage) Hemorrhaging during birth Surgical errors during Caesarian sections (C-sections) Negligence in the administration of epidurals or anesthesia Premature birth Shoulder dystocia in the child Common Birth Injuries That May…
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