Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
When faced with health issues, we trust and put our well-being in the hands of medical professionals. Most healthcare professionals give their patients competent treatment and care. However, medical professionals sometimes make mistakes. When a medical error rises to the level of medical malpractice and causes severe harm, the victim or their family can file a medical malpractice claim and obtain financial compensation. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional acts negligently, resulting in substandard medical care causing severe injury or death.
Medical malpractice is a serious, ongoing problem in the U.S. If you believe you or a loved one has fallen victim to medical malpractice, speak to a qualified medical malpractice attorney at Carroll Law Firm. We help clients in Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia.
Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
Over the years, the frequency of medical malpractice claims has increased. Today, medical malpractice claims are quite common in the United States. Medical malpractice can arise from various scenarios. The following are some of the common types of medical malpractice claims:
A misdiagnosis claim arises when a medical professional diagnoses a patient with the wrong condition or fails to diagnose a condition. Misdiagnosis can lead to several problems, such as the patient’s condition getting worse, or the patient being subjected to dangerous treatments and medications. In some cases, misdiagnosis can have fatal consequences. If a patient is misdiagnosed, their condition may become untreatable, leading to wrongful death.
Delayed Diagnosis Claims
As the name suggests, a delayed diagnosis claim arises when a doctor fails to make a timely diagnosis. With a delayed diagnosis, a doctor may initially make the wrong diagnosis and later on make the correct diagnosis, or they may struggle before making a diagnosis at all. Unfortunately, if a doctor fails to diagnose a medical condition promptly, it could have devastating consequences.
Surgical Error Claims
A person may be eligible to file a surgical error claim if, for example:
- The wrong procedure was performed
- The surgery was unnecessary
- The surgery was performed on the wrong body part
- Surgical instruments were left inside the body
Failure To Treat Claims
If, for instance, a patient was discharged too soon, not provided the appropriate care for their condition, or not provided with the correct follow-up care, they or their family may have the right to file this type of claim.
Claims Arising from Birth Injuries
If a mother or child suffers an injury during childbirth because of the negligence of a medical professional, the negligent medical professional can be held liable. Birth injuries can occur for several reasons, including failure to perform a necessary cesarean section and improper use of delivery instruments.
Anesthesia Error Claims
An anesthesia error claim can arise when an anesthesiologist delays anesthesia delivery, uses faulty equipment, delivers too much anesthesia, or administers the wrong anesthesia. These mistakes can have devastating consequences.
Contact an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice claims are usually hard to win without an attorney’s help. Our skilled and dedicated Atlanta medical malpractice attorney at Carroll Law Firm can help you with your medical malpractice claim. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.