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medical malpractice typesWhen you think of medical malpractice, you may think about surgical errors being the number one cause for malpractice claims. While surgical errors certainly top the list, there are plenty of other reasons why a person would need to file a claim against their medical provider. Most importantly, you need to realize that being unsatisfied or not liking your doctor has nothing to do with malpractice. Instead, malpractice claims are based on negligence and a physician’s inability to provide the standard level of care expected within the profession. If you suspect that your physician failed to provide you with the standard of care, contact a medical malpractice attorney to have your case assessed during a consultation. An attorney can determine if you have a valid claim and help you explore your options.

What are the Most Common Types of Malpractice Claims?

In the United States, there are certain causes that are more frequent than others when it comes to malpractice. The four most common types of malpractice claims include:

  1. Misdiagnosis. This is by far one of the most common types of malpractice claims. A missed and/or delayed diagnosis can lead to devastating effects – including death. When a physician fails to diagnose a condition, the patient could go weeks or even months without much-needed treatment. Also, a misdiagnosis (a patient diagnosed with a condition that he or she doesn’t have), could mean that the patient endures treatments and tests that were unnecessary.
  2. Childbirth injuries. Another common cause of medical malpractice claims in the state of Illinois is childbirth injuries. These are caused during pregnancy as well as during the birth itself. It can be the result of poor monitoring, inappropriate birthing techniques, etc. In some cases, the injuries to the fetus can be severe and include long-term injuries like paralysis or cerebral palsy. Some babies are born with seizure disorders due to injuries that they suffered during birth.
  3. Medication errors. These are becoming increasingly common in the United States – especially as patients begin to rely more on modern medicine (and pharmaceuticals) to treat their ailments. Medication errors can include over-prescribing a certain medication (such as oral painkillers), under prescribing, prescribing the wrong medication, or using the wrong dose or failing to check for fatal side-effects and/or dangerous drug interactions. Harmful drug interactions are common, especially when physicians fail to review a patient’s full medical history or inquire about current medications (including over-the-counter options) that he or she is taking.
  4. Surgical errors. Surgical errors are increasingly common, as well. These can include negligent errors like operating on the wrong limb, puncturing a blood vessel or organ, leaving surgical equipment inside the patient, etc. Nursing staff can also be negligent inside or outside of the operating room – such as failing to sanitize equipment or failure to monitor a patient’s vital signs for postoperative infections.

Were You Injured by a Physician? Contact the Malpractice Team at Malman Law Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to a medical error, the law entitles you to collect compensation for your pain and suffering and increased medical costs, as well as lost wages and other damages. The attorneys at Malman Law can listen to your case over a free consultation and help you determine the best course of action to receive compensation for your losses. To get started, schedule your appointment now by calling our offices or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.

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  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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