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What Are the 5 Most Common Medical Malpractice Incidents?


Mistakes happen in all walks of life and it’s unfortunate that the medical profession is no different. In some industries such as the medical field, mistakes can be costly, and not just financially. It can cause serious medical problems and heartache for the person and the family involved. Occasionally, it can even result in death. Here are 5 common cases where medical malpractice occurs.

1. Injuries At Childbirth (Before, During & After)

A medical malpractice claim can be filed if the doctor is at fault in various situations before, during or after the birth. If there are any complications before the birth and the doctor fails to realize or warn the parents, this can result in a malpractice claim. During birth, a mistake by the medical team could cause permanent injuries and disabilities. Anything from an ectopic pregnancy, a mother’s medical condition that may affect delivery, a tangled umbilical cord or incompetent use of forceps can all result in malpractice if the medical team are at fault for not anticipating or identifying it.

2. Misdiagnosis

This is quite a common occurrence. Many times, a condition mimics another and sometimes one condition may be hiding behind another. Doctors have been known to diagnose something and treat it when it was something entirely different. Often, when it’s properly diagnosed, it may be too late. There have been many instances when patients have come in and been released, only to have something serious occur (including death) a few hours later.

3. Surgical Errors

Some of the most ridiculous errors have occurred right on the operating table. Wrong patients have been operated on (incredible but true); a patient goes in for appendicitis and has a kidney removed or a surgical instrument is left inside a patient. There is indeed a serious flaw somewhere when a huge life changing error can occur that appear to be schoolboy mistakes. In 2017, a Montreal woman named Sylvie Dubé had a medical instrument left in her that was 33 centimetres long! That’s over one foot! How this is even possible or not be spotted is beyond comprehension.

4. Errors In Medication

An incorrect medication or in incorrect amount can have dire consequences. Medication errors can occur as a result of the doctor prescribing it and it’s also not unknown for a pharmacy to make an error. It can be difficult to read a doctor’s handwriting (perhaps a misplaced decimal point) and sometimes a mistake occurs at the pharmacy. Occasionally, this may result in death.

5. Anaesthesia Errors

These are frightening and can result in death. Incorrect anaesthesia, too much or too little have all been problems in the past. There have been occasions when a patient could not move but was conscious enough to feel the pain of surgery because of a mistake.

Medical malpractice lawsuits are incredibly tricky and involve huge organizations. If you or a family member has suffered as a result of medical error, you need the help of experienced medical malpractice lawyers.