Medical malpractice can come in many forms, and unfortunately, instances of malpractice occur more frequently that many people realize. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish actions that can constitute malpractice and instances where a doctor may make a minuscule mistake or a patient is simply not happy with the services provided. This difficulty in discernment creates a deep need for sound legal counsel from an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice
Some of the more common forms of medical malpractice are easy to spot. Knowing whether or not you have been given negligent medical treatment can greatly increase the strengths or expose the weaknesses that may be involved with your medical malpractice claim. The more common forms of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors. These are errors that occur within the performance of the actual surgery, whether that’s the doctor negligently performing the surgery itself or an organ being punctured or wounded, leading to an injury.
- Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis. Failure to properly diagnose a condition is by far one of the most common medical errors out there. Failure to diagnose a condition not only correctly, but also in a timely fashion can exacerbate an already existing injury or create further complications. These complications can otherwise be avoided with the proper diagnosis and prompt treatment.
- Anesthesia. Whenever a doctor performs more invasive surgeries on a patient, anesthesia is typically administered to render the patient unconscious or mentally distracted in order to take their mind off of the pain and allow the doctor to perform the surgery without interference from the patient. Mistakes that are made in the administration of anesthesia can be the most dangerous form of malpractice and can, at times, be fatal. Giving a patient too much or too little or forgetting to thoroughly check a patient’s medical background are a few ways that a doctor or anesthesiologist can commit medical malpractice.
There are methods a patient can use to minimize the possibility of medical malpractice. One of the most effective methods is to be knowledgeable and stay informed. If a doctor suggests a certain treatment method or gives a specific diagnosis, get a second opinion to make sure the recommended form of treatment is required.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to medical malpractice or has general questions regarding medical malpractice, contact Campbell & Associates today for a free consultation with one of our medical accident lawyers in Atlanta.