Five Examples Of Medical Malpractice
In order for medical negligence to be considered medical malpractice and pursuable through the court system – it must involve three elements:
- The injury the patient suffered as a result of the medical negligence must be significant
- The care the patient received by the doctors, medical team and/or hospital staff must have been below standard care expected from medical professionals
- The medical negligence or mistake made by the medical care must have caused the patient’s injury
The following 5 examples of medical malpractice cases will help you see how these elements come together:
- Anesthesia Errors: if a patient dies due to liver damage caused by anesthesia administered by the doctor during surgery, it would be considered a medical malpractice case. All three required elements are present – the injury, the cause is directly related to the improper use of anesthesia, and medical negligence.
- Childbirth Mistakes: if there is a problem with the umbilical cord that poses a threat to the baby’s life if not delivered immediately by c-section, and the doctor fails to act immediately – the death or brain damage the baby suffers is considered medical malpractice.
- Heart Disease that is Not Diagnosed: if a patient with chest pain heads to the hospital and is sent home without a diagnoses only to suffer a massive heart attack and dies – this would be considered medical malpractice. The doctor should have determined the chest pain was leading to a heart attack and since he or she did not and the patient died of a heart attack, it would be considered medical malpractice.
- Appendicitis That is Not Diagnosed: if a patient goes to the emergency room with abdominal pain but is sent home without a diagnosis and later goes into shock and dies due to appendicitis- the doctor’s failure to recognize the signs of appendicitis would be a case for medical malpractice.
- Cancer That is Not Diagnosed: many cases of medical malpractice result from a patient going undiagnosed until a disease spreads. For example, if a woman with a lump in her breast went to the doctor for a checkup and the doctor fails to test for cancer, only to discover the woman does indeed have cancer that spreads in the meantime – the first doctor would be held liable.
If you feel your doctor’s errors or negligence have resulted in severe injuries or death, you may have a medical malpractice case. Contact medical malpractice lawyers for a consultation of your situation.