Medical malpractice is the instance of medical negligence and can bring disastrous results ranging from an injury to death of the affected person. It can be due to medical negligence by a medical professional. And if the affected party wants to be recompensed for the loss they went through, then they can file for a compensation lawsuit against the medical facility.
Some of the commonly conducted medical malpractices are:
This kind of medical malpractice is most common. It can be really detrimental and cause paralysis, infection, or death. It is mostly caused due to leaving of surgical tools like blade, scissors during the operation by the surgeon.
It is possible that the diagnosis interpreted by the doctor is incorrect which might lead to wrong medication or surgery while leaving the real disease to be untreated which can lead to a possible serious condition or death.
The anaesthesiologist ensures that the dose given to the patient is the right one based on many factors such as age, weight, and medical history. Sometimes with wrong dose or anaesthetics, patient can suffer from severe health issues like long comatose or even death.
A doctor needs to review the history of medications that were prescribed to the patient by some other medical professional or himself. In case the medication is given wrong, the effects of this can be harmful, especially for patients suffering from life threatening diseases such as Cardiovascular disease, Asthma, etc.
This medical malpractice can result in defects and complications in the baby, or possibly death of both mother and the baby. Mistakes made during childbirth can have permanent effects to the life of baby. And cases like these involve permanent cycle of compensation payments to support the child for lifetime.
The person suffering from medical malpractice can file a lawsuit against the hospital for the doctor who treated them. The doctors usually have accident insurance and if the causation is proved true in the court, you can get a compensation. This requires investigation and assistance of medical experts that can evaluate the case and provide an assessment.
The settlement offered is also provided based on the loss suffered by the patient. It encompasses lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, gross negligence, loss of consortium, etc. If the damages are punitive, then the consequences are criminal charges which can be in cases like wilful malpractice which is essentially harm done by the doctor with malintentions for the patients.
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Stephanie Ovadia is a practicing attorney, radio personality and mother of eight children. Stephanie's areas of practice include entertainment law and personal injury. She received her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.