What is Medical Malpractice?

What is Medical Malpractice?

What is Medical Malpractice?

In general, medical malpractice/medical negligence refers to the situation where a medical health professional, such as a doctor, nurse or other hospital staff acts below the standard of care for his or her particular area of medicine, and as a result, a patient sustains harm. In such situations, it may be possible to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, in some circumstances, a medical professional may make an error, but the patient does not suffer lasting harm. Where no harm results (or the harm is temporary), the doctors error may not be sufficient to bring a lawsuit.

Although the types of errors that can occur is vast, the majority of claims fall into 4 different categories.

Medical misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose. One of the most common areas of medical negligence is the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a condition. In order to received proper treatment and have the greatest likelihood of a positive outcome is to receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis. The failure to receive an adequate diagnosis, and receive proper treatment diminishes the likelihood of a full recovery.

Surgical negligence. Another frequent area of medical negligence includes errors made during surgery. This includes wrong site surgeries, and surgery where objects (such as sponges) are accidentally left inside the body. The results of surgical errors can be catastrophic, and in the worst cases, fatal.

Medication errors. Medication errors include among other things, administering the wrong type of medicine or giving the wrong dosage. Either can have potentially serious consequences.

Pregnancy and birth errors. Pregnancy and birth errors are some of the most serious errors as the consequences can last a lifetime.

For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed by medical negligence, please contact the experienced Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.
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