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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 1: Diagnosis Error

Medical malpractice occurs when doctors or other healthcare professionals commit negligence that leads to a patient’s injury. There are four main categories in medical malpractice lawsuits: diagnosis errors, negligence affecting pregnancy and childbirth, mistakes in prescribing or administration medication and surgical error. Over the course of this month, we will be discussing each of these categories in depth. Misdiagnosis – The Most Common Type of Physician Error Many medical malpractice lawsuits center on misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a condition. When a diagnosis error leads to incorrect, delayed or no treatment at all, the patient faces a worse prognosis. The patient’s condition could deteriorate and they can even die as a result. An erroneous diagnosis is not enough for the patient to file a medical negligence lawsuit. Patients and their attorneys must be able to prove three things for a lawsuit to move forward: There is a doctor-patient relationship The…
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