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Types of Medical Malpractice

When you put yourself in the hands of medical professionals, you expect them to take care of you. The vast majority of medical professionals take their jobs very seriously, and they take providing you with the best possible care just as seriously. However, medical professionals are mortals and they are not infallible, and sometimes they make mistakes. This is to be expected.

However, there are certain medical professionals, who are not as scrupulous as others. These are the ones who provide their patients with negligent care or who fail to rise to the standard that their medical community holds for them. When these medical professionals mistreat their patients, they are committing medical malpractice.

While you put your life in the hands of these individuals when you seek care from them, it’s important to note that they do not hold onto that life indefinitely. As a matter of fact, the law provides a way for you to seek recourse if you have been the victim of medical malpractice. In order to do so, you will need to consult with an experienced and qualified medical malpractice attorney, who will be able to hold that erring medical professional to task.

There Are Many Different Types of Medical Malpractice

The kinds of medical malpractice that a patient can fall victim to are as varied as the fields of medicine. For this reason, it would be impossible to list every form of medical malpractice that can transpire. That being said, some forms are more common than others.

  • Anesthesia Errors: When anesthesia is administered, there is a multitude of things that can go wrong if it is being administered negligently. For example, the form of anesthesia could interact negatively with a patient’s existing health condition or with medication being taken.
  • Cancer Misdiagnosis: Treating cancer requires early detection in most cases. When a diagnosing physician fails to take proper stock of a patient’s symptoms, medical history and condition when making such a diagnosis, this can put that patients life at risk.
  • LASIK Malpractice: With the explosion of businesses providing LASIK surgery, not all providers are created equally. Some use substandard equipment or are simply not qualified to offer the surgery. Many patients across the country have had their vision permanently damaged as a result of this.
  • Medication Errors: Prescribing medication is incredibly complex, as other medication that a patient might be taking must be considered to guard against drug interactions. In addition, a patient’s medical history must be considered. If medication is prescribed improperly a patient’s life and health are put at severe risk.
  • Surgical Errors: While its impossible to expect a surgeon to be perfect each and every time they hold the scalpel, if their lack of perfection is due to sleep deprivation, carelessness or another factor, then their negligence puts a patient’s life and long-term health at risk.

These are, of course, just a few of the common types of medical malpractice that are out there. Any time a patient is in the care of a medical professional, the potential for malpractice exists.

What To Do If You’re The Victim of Medical Malpractice

If you believe that a negligent medical professional has put your health and life at risk, then you need to get in touch with a medical malpractice attorney right away. The ones on our team at Heavens Law are highly qualified, and they are available to you for a free consultation at 1-800-HEAV-LAW. You can explain your circumstance to them, and they will determine how best to recoup damages and win compensation for the malpractice that you’ve suffered.