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3 common types of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice situations are becoming more common every day. Many Californians are putting off their health care needs out of fear and miseducation of ending up as victims of medical malpractice. The very professionals who trained for many years and took an oath to protect patient health do not always measure up. Instead, their patients end up suffering grievous and sometimes fatal injury from their negligence.

Many doctors, nurses and other health care professionals work long hours, have poor work/life balance and are overly stressed. These issues affect their jobs and their ability to provide appropriate and accurate care for patients. They are just several of many contributing causes of medical malpractice. Below are three of the most common types of medical malpractice that can occur.

1. Missed diagnosis and failure to diagnose

Doctors must use details from their patients' histories and office visit to determine the cause of symptoms or medical conditions they have. Many health ailments have similar signs and can make proper and timely diagnosis more challenging. Errors that occur when doctors fail to adequately identify the proper diagnosis or deliver suitable treatment using industry standard procedures in a timely manner often results in severe and long-term health complications for patients.

2. Surgical errors

Surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and operating room personnel must use their skills, expertise, and the proper tools and techniques to perform surgeries safely to provide the best possible outcome for patients. Some health care workers fall short in their duties. They leave behind surgical instruments; perform operations on the wrong patients and body parts; and use unsanitized and defective equipment that cause serious infections, medical issues and death.

3. Medication problems

Errors in medication delivery, administration, dosing and identification often lead to adverse medication effects, unforeseen or known side effects and considerable harm to patients. When medication errors occur, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and anyone involved in the prescribing and administration process could be held liable.

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