Examples of Medical Malpractice

» Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Medical Mistakes | 0 comments

The default attitude of most people towards licensed medical professionals is that of trust. Because people literally place their lives in the hands of these professionals, they have to believe their licensed status means they are competent and able to provide the necessary service with the care expected of them in their capacity as medical professionals. Unfortunately, this is not always justified.

There are a lot of examples of medical malpractice that comes to mind, and involves anyone from the very young to the very old. Birth injuries in the U.S. for instance happen to 1.6 newborns for every 1,000 live births based on 2006 statistical data, which is actually an improvement over 2000, when about 7 children were injured before, during or after delivery for every 1,000 live births. One of the many conditions that may result from a birth injury is cerebral palsy, a neurological impairment affecting the motor development and skills of the afflicted. While only 10% of newborns diagnosed with cerebral palsy are considered due to medical malpractice, it is still a horrific finding for parents since it was a preventable condition. At the same time 10% is a significant amount of children who are injured by their doctors during birth.

Also quite common as medical malpractice are surgical errors. According to Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, a patient going in for a routine procedure may come out with serious complications because of medication errors, retained surgical instruments, wrong site surgery, even surgery on the wrong patient! While it may seem too bizarre to be true, it has happened, which is why health professionals have comprehensive medical malpractice insurance.

The consequences of medical malpractice often involve considerable pain and suffering, not to mention expenses for additional surgeries, extended hospitalization, necessary lifestyle changes, or loss of work days or employment. Any patient or eligible family member of a patient who has suffered serious injury or death because of medical malpractice may bring a civil action against the responsible health professional and possibly the employing institution to get compensation.

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