Different Ways in Which Surgical Errors Could Lead to Medical Malpractice

The failure to provide proper care is regarded as medical negligence. Individuals who violate this duty risk severe harm or possibly death for the patient. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC to get the best medical malpractice attorneys. The most frequent mistakes that could give patients reasons to file medical negligence claims are reviewed here:

  1. Wrong diagnosis or failure to diagnose.

Given the similarity of the characteristics that various ailments display and the difficulty of effectively diagnosing less prevalent symptoms, wrong diagnosis and the inability to detect ailments are frequent mistakes.

A correct diagnosis is crucial to the treatment of a patient. A doctor can develop an efficient treatment regimen with an accurate diagnosis. Patients who obtain an incorrect treatment or none at all will not receive the proper care, which could lead to severe harm or even death.

  1. Errors can be seen in the prescription.

Medication mistakes are common mistakes that people frequently fail to report. There are several reasons a prescription can be wrong:

  • The physician miswrites the medicine. 
  • The medical personnel at the hospital provides a drug improperly, sometimes by giving the wrong dosage.
  • The pharmacist wrongly supplies the drug.
  • Before using the drugs, harmful drug reactions are not identified.
  1. Errors related to surgeries:

Errors made during and following surgery can have fatal outcomes for a patient, such as sepsis, health issues, or death. Medical negligence lawsuits involving surgical errors frequently come from inadequate preoperative preparation. A surgical mistake can also result from a surgeon’s behavior, such as doing surgery while influenced by drinks or narcotics.

The following are some examples of surgical mistakes:

  • Operating on the incorrect body part.
  • Performing the process on the incorrect body part.
  • Putting an incision in the wrong place.
  • The patient is still retaining a foreign item within.
  • Operating on the incorrect patient.

Even after the procedure, surgical errors might occur, including:

  • Inappropriate drug or dosage administration.
  • Disregarding postoperative instructions.
  • Not giving the patient the proper surgical recovery guidelines.
  1. Errors while administering anesthesia:

Anesthesia mistakes can result in fatalities or lasting damage. Anesthesia mistakes that are frequently made involve:

  • Ignoring a patient’s past medical history to miss potential consequences.
  • Not providing important preoperative guidelines to the patient, such as not allowing them to eat or drink before the operation.
  • Administering anesthetic in excess.
  • Incorrect positioning of the breathing tube.
  • Not keeping track of the patient’s vital signs when they are asleep.
  • Using faulty medical equipment.
  1. Errors that happen during childbirth:

Complications in childbirth can happen during gestation, delivery, labor, or even after the baby is delivered, and they can impact the mother or the newborn.

Neglectful medical treatment could be harmful to both the woman and the unborn child while the woman is pregnant.