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What Are the Most Common Medical Malpractice Claims?

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It is estimated that each year, 15,000 to 19,000 lawsuits are filed claiming medical malpractice or negligence. Unfortunately, it remains one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider such as a doctor, nurse, therapist, etc. has breached the duty of care expected in a patient-provider relationship.

With 100 years of combined experience, the compassionate medical malpractice attorneys of Regan Zambri Long are here to help you and your loved ones navigate the most common medical malpractice claims.

Common Medical Malpractice Claims

While there are many potential medical malpractice claims, the following are the most commonly cited in legal cases.

Misdiagnosis, Delayed Diagnosis

Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis occurs when a doctor or another medical provider fails to diagnose a condition properly or in an insufficient time, impacting the patient’s overall health.

Doctor and Nurse Discussion Emergency Room Negligence - common medical malpractice claimsIn a study by Coverys from 2013 to 2017, it was estimated that 33% of all medical malpractice claims were related to patient diagnosis errors. Of those claims, more than half involved poor clinical decisions.

The most commonly cited illnesses in misdiagnosis claims included:

In many of these conditions, failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis can mean the patient will lose out on valuable time to seek treatment, or their condition can worsen as the ailment progresses.

Other forms of misdiagnosis include:

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors occur when a medical provider fails to properly conduct surgery or performs an unnecessary surgery on a patient. In the same study, surgical or procedural claims were the second most common medical malpractice lawsuit, occurring in 24% of claims.

Common surgical errors are:

Failure to Treat

Unlike delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, failure to treat claims involves a doctor diagnosing a condition, but failing to provide the correct treatment for it. This could include a patient being discharged from care too soon, not prescribing follow-up care, giving the incorrect medication, or prescribing the wrong dosage of a prescription drug.

Birth Injuries

infant baby crib - infant brain injuryTragically, birth defects are very common throughout the United States, impacting one in 33 babies. Birth defects are not limited to labor and delivery and instead can occur at any point in a pregnancy. The most common birth injuries caused by negligence include:

Often these, and many other birth injuries, are due to medical errors and can occur because of:

Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing HomeNursing home negligence is an epidemic across the country, as our nation’s most vulnerable are often left at the hands of a facility that is understaffed and over housed.

Unfortunately, in many cases, the elderly do not have an advocate to call attention to the abuse they may face, unless a loved one is around to take notice of the actions, or inactions, occurring.

Common forms of nursing home negligence include:

Elder abuse and nursing home neglect impact one in 10 elderly individuals. If you suspect your loved one is a victim, you need legal support.

Prescription Drug Errors

Prescription drug errors have been the topic of news in recent weeks, as one small error can cost someone their life.

Admittedly, mistakes happen, but when a mistake involving prescription drugs occurs, it can be fatal. Prescription drug errors can result in mild reactions by patients to wrongful death. Common forms of prescription drug errors include:

Who Is Responsible for the Harm in Common Medical Malpractice Claims?

When you or a loved one suffers from a medical malpractice error, you may wonder what options for recovery you have. Do you sue the doctor? The hospital? The home care provider?

In many cases, who is responsible for the harm in common medical malpractice claims is complicated. For example, a doctor who owns their private practice may be liable for injuries caused under their care. But, a doctor or nurse who works for a larger hospital network may have some protections in place where the hospital absorbs the liability. In others, while the medical provider may have made the mistake, it could have been a domino reaction from an understaffed facility with minimal resources.

Because of this, utilizing a medical malpractice lawyer with the experience to go through the facts of your case to establish negligence will be critical to your case’s success.

Can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help Me?

Best Lawyers 2022If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death due to one of the common medical malpractice claims, you need to call a medical malpractice attorney at Regan Zambri Long.

Our malpractice lawyers will investigate your case, determine who the liable parties are, and calculate the damages you deserve.

In many instances, medical malpractice claims are settled out of court, but, if it is necessary, our team will represent you before a judge to fight for the recovery you deserve. Recoverable compensation can include:

We know that medical malpractice cases can be daunting and you are likely still physically suffering. This is why we do the heavy lifting so you can focus on your health and your loved ones.

Involved in a Medical Malpractice Claim? Call Regan Zambri Long.

With more than 100 years of combined experience, the medical malpractice attorneys of Regan Zambri Long are here to fight and defend you. If you or a loved one were a victim of medical malpractice in Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland, our attorneys are standing by ready to help.

Our firm works on a contingency fee basis which means you pay nothing up front, and you don’t owe us anything until the final settlement or verdict is accepted. Further, we only take a percentage of the settlement or verdict. This means you can rest assured knowing that you have the compensation you need to recover, without worrying about how you’ll pay for legal services.

For a no-obligation, free consultation about how to file a common medical malpractice claim, contact the DC, VA, and MD medical malpractice attorneys of Regan Zambri Long today.

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