Medical malpractice is defined as an act of medical negligence that results in undue harm or injury to the patient. An estimated 195,000 patients are killed each year due to medical error, and between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice cases are brought against doctors annually. As a medical malpractice attorney, Michael Schreyer recognizes the seriousness of medical negligence and knows the devastating impact it can have on an innocent patient’s life.
In order for those who may receive, or are currently receiving, medical care and treatment in MD to understand their patient rights, here is information on three common types of medical malpractice.
- Prescription drug errors: Prescription drug errors are a very common type of medical malpractice, and mistakes made with medications can be very serious and possibly even fatal. Anyone from pharmacists to physicians can be held liable for a medication error, and a common example of this error is prescribing or administering the wrong medicine or the wrong dosage.
- Birth injuries: Delivering a baby is a very delicate process, and if a physician or other medical professional makes even a small mistake, the newborn may suffer a debilitating injury. Some common causes of child injury include inadequate monitoring of the baby’s condition or improper use of forceps or a vacuum.
- Surgical and diagnosis errors: Surgical mistakes, such as a physician accidentally causing damage to a nerve or internal organ or even amputating the wrong limb, can be extremely detrimental to a patient’s well-being. Two common types of diagnosis errors are misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, both of which can cause great harm to a patient if an illness or health problem is either not diagnosed properly or not in a timely fashion.
As millions of people trust their health and well-being to medical professionals every year, it is imperative patients in MD and across the country understand that they have legal rights if medical negligence causes them injury. Waldorf medical malpractice lawyer Michael Schreyer and the legal team at Alpert Schreyer are dedicated to helping medical malpractice victims hold negligent parties responsible for any harm caused. To discuss your case with us, please call (844) 632-7274 for a free initial consultation.