Medical malpractice is a general, all-encompassing term which includes several different types of injuries or death that can occur within a medical setting. In short, medical malpractice is the negligence of a medical professional in providing treatment which then results in injury or in death for the patient. This negligence can come in many forms, including a practicing error or an act of omission (failing to take proper action). Although there are many types of medical negligence cases, many of them fall under certain generalized categories.
- Surgical Injuries: instruments not recovered, improper surgical procedure, post operation complications, etc.
- Anesthesia Errors: administering too much or too little, allergies, interactions, etc.
- Medication Errors: miscalculation or dosing of medicines, writing a prescription for the wrong medication, etc.
- Medical Product/Drug Recalls or Adverse Reactions
- Improper/Delayed Diagnosis
- Pregnancy Malpractice: prenatal care negligence, birthing negligence or accidents, etc.
- Hospital Errors
- Pharmacy Errors: filling the wrong medication, medicine interactions, etc.
This is not a complete list but is meant to provide you with an outline of various types of cases. For more information on what defines a medical malpractice case, click here or contact us. In practicing law, there are several options to assist patients and/or their families in recuperating from these losses. Often, families are concerned about how they will be able to function after a medical malpractice incident. At Elrod Pope Accident & Injury Attorneys, we want to help you recover the losses you have suffered as the result of a medical provider, doctor, nurse, or assistant deviating from a quality standard of medicine. For a no-cost consultation about your case, contact us today.