Common Medical Malpractice Injuries
Medical negligence can come in many forms, and some are more severe than others. When negligence causes an injury or harm to a patient, medical malpractice may have occurred. But how do you know if you’re the victim of medical malpractice?
Here are 5 common injuries that can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose—If you visited your doctor with symptoms that should have led him or her to diagnose a serious condition, such as cancer, and a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose led to potential harm on your part, it may be considered medical malpractice.
- Childbirth injuries—Injuries that occur during childbirth are some of the most common types of medical malpractice claims. Childbirth injuries include injuries to mother or child, wrongful birth (when parents aren’t informed of birth defects that would have led them to end the pregnancy), and wrongful pregnancy (where an attempted termination fails).
- Surgical errors—Injuries during surgery can range from a medical instrument left in an incision to more serious, or even deadly, complications, such as severed arteries.
- Anesthesia—Anesthetic drugs used during surgery are powerful and require precision in their administration. Even the slightest error can lead to serious consequences.
- Medication errors—We depend on doctors to prescribe the right medication and dosage for any medical condition we might have. The wrong medication or dosage can cause devastating injuries and/or death.
If you believe you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, call an experienced St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer immediately. We’ll investigate your injuries, work to prove medical malpractice, and help you get maximum compensation for your injuries.