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Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Posted in Blog, Medical Malpractice on July 10, 2008

Medical malpractice can occur in any area of medicine in which a patient can be injured as a result of poor treatment from a health professional. Here are a few of the more common types of medical malpractice claims we see:

  • Anesthesia ComplicationsImproper administration of anesthesia can result in serious physical impairment or death.
  • Burn therapy – Care providers can be held liable if adequate emergency therapy on burns causes excessive injury, loss of tissue, or death.
  • Child delivery – There are many complications that can cause malformations, birth injury, cerebral palsy, or brain damage.
  • Heart Attack – One of the most common forms of medical malpractice is the failure to diagnose heart attacks in a timely fashion.
  • Surgical Errors – If evaluation, preparation, any part of the surgery, or postoperative care is performed incorrectly, the procedure may fail or serious side effects can occur.
  • Medication – Insufficient amounts of medication, improper instructions, or prescribing the wrong medication.
  • Failure to diagnose – Any injury that results from medical professionals making an incorrect or delayed diagnosis. Aneurisms, breast cancer, and heart attack are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
  • Experimentation – Any healthcare professionals using procedures or drugs that are unapproved by reputable medical organizations put a patient at risk.
  • General Improper Procedure – Medical professionals can make simple mistakes that can be costly to the injured. Examples include delays in treatment or failure to obtain proper consent for treatment.

If you believe you may have a medical malpractice case, contact New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys Weiss & Paarz today for a free consultation.

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