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What are the Most Common Medical Mistakes in Hospitals?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 2-Jun-2017

Health care professionals are tasked with ensuring the people they care for are safe from harm. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of instances per year where patients suffer catastrophic injuries or wrongful death at the hands of medical professionals. A study released by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) claims medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Common medical mistakes in hospitals include:

  • Misdiagnosis: Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical mistake made by doctors. Depending on the diagnosis in question, these mistakes can kill patients. For example, misdiagnosing a child who is suffering from meningitis could result in death or permanent disability.
  • Medication mistakes: Health care professionals may give patients the wrong type or dosages of medications. In other cases, they may give patients two medications that interact with each other in a way that causes harm.
  • Birth injuries: Medical mistakes made during the delivery process may cause the wrongful death or permanent disability of a child. For example, failing to perform a timely cesarean section may cause a newborn to suffer a hypoxic brain injury.
  • Surgery errors: Doctors can make mistakes before, during or after surgery. For example, a doctor may injure a patient by operating on the wrong body part or by failing to provide enough anesthesia before an operation. Another common mistake is to leave surgical equipment inside of patients.

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

It may be difficult to determine whether you or a loved one suffered harm from medical malpractice without first speaking to an attorney. To be considered medical malpractice, the care you or a loved one received must meet a specific set of criteria. An experienced attorney can help you discover whether you have a medical malpractice case.

The Washington DC medical malpractice attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help individuals and families who have been harmed by medical negligence. In one case, our law firm helped secure an $11 million settlement for a woman who was left severely disabled by a medical mistake.

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