Common Errors Made By Florida Doctors and Hospitals
Medical malpractice happens when a patient is harmed by a medical professional who failed to provide proper care. In such cases, it must be determined if the doctor acted in a reasonable manner or if mistakes were made that another professional in a similar situation wouldn’t have reasonably made.
There are a number of different errors that are commonly made by medical professionals. Here are a few examples of mistakes made by doctors and hospital staff members:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis The key to fighting serious illnesses and recovering from life-threatening injuries is to have an accurate and timely diagnosis. When tests aren’t properly read or interpreted and when symptoms are overlooked, that amounts to medical negligence.
- Negligent prenatal care Errors made during a pregnancy can result in harm to the fetus or the mother. Failing to notice preeclampsia, to identify birth defects or to diagnose a disease that could be contagious to the fetus are forms of malpractice.
- Negligence during labor Mistakes made during childbirth can cause permanent damage to the baby. Doctors must anticipate birth complications, respond to signs of fetal distress and use medical equipment properly during the birth.
- Anesthesia errors Anesthesia errors can have just as serious or even life-threatening consequences.
- Medication errors Administering the wrong drug can have a devastating effect for the patient. The most common medication errors involve wrong dosage, wrong prescriptions and misdiagnosed conditions.
- Surgery errors Any mistakes made during surgery can have permanent consequences. Some of the most egregious errors made during surgery include performing surgery on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient and failing to provide adequate post-operative care.
Victims of medical malpractice have the right to pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other related damages. If you believe that mistakes made by a medical professional caused you harm, please don’t hesitate to discuss your potential claim with an experienced Florida medical malpractice attorney. Call us at (800) 533-3555.