Although most of the world is jealous of the Australian health care system, everything isn’t all hunky-dory in this nation’s hospitals. In fact, 18,000 people each year die due to medical malpractice in Australia, and yet another 50,000 sustain serious injuries.
Clearly, in these situations, a medical malpractice lawsuit is in order.
If you think you have suffered at the hands of any health care provider, you’re likely wondering what exactly constitutes medical malpractice. After all, you’re going to want to put together the best possible case to ensure that justice will be served.
Here, we’re going to give you seven of the most common examples of medical malpractice. We hope that it helps you to better understand what these lawsuits are for and to get a good idea of under what category your case might fall.
1. Surgical Negligence
The most common example of medical practice is surgical errors and negligence. In fact, in the United States, botched surgeries are now the third leading cause of death!
Basically, cases like this can be filed when a surgeon makes any type of mistake during surgery. Suppose that a slip of the hand causes an uninjured leg to be cut with a surgical tool. This could have lasting impacts on the patient’s ability to walk as well as cause a lot of pain and suffering.
Surgical error suits can also be filed when a doctor performs an unnecessary surgery or fails to explain exactly how the operation will work. Informed consent is a necessity in the medical field, and you have the legal right to sue if you did not give it.
2. Issues With Anesthesia
Anesthesia is the drug administered during surgery to ‘put you under’ so you sleep through the surgery and do not experience pain during the operation. Of course, this is an incredibly important part of any surgical procedure, but things can quickly take a dark turn if it isn’t administered correctly.
This is why issues with anesthesia are a common reason for medical malpractice lawsuits. If a patient is given too little, they might wake up during the operation, which is disastrous for obvious reasons. If the patient takes too much, they could have difficulty waking up… or even not wake up.
Clearly, this is a serious issue. If you think that you’ve been given an inappropriate amount of anesthesia, talk to a lawyer immediately.
3. Misdiagnosing Conditions
One of the absolute most common instances of medical malpractice is when doctors misdiagnose conditions that a patient is suffering from. Conditions as serious as cancer can be written off as hormonal fluctuations or even skin conditions.
Another common occurrence is that women do not get the proper diagnosis for conditions like heart attacks because they don’t look the same in women as they do in men. This can add yet another dimension to your lawsuit. It’s important to keep in mind why you were misdiagnosed, just as much as it’s important to remember how the diagnosis affected you.
4. Delaying a Diagnosis
Even when conditions are all correctly diagnosed and treated, timing is also essential. If a disease like diabetes is not caught in time, this could lead to serious health complications since treatment would also be delayed. This delay would cause increased health risks and a worsening of the disease.
Mental health issues are often misdiagnosed and mistreated as well. An example is that people commonly mistake symptoms of manic depression for borderline personality disorder.
If you had a misdiagnosed mental health issue, know that you have grounds for a lawsuit. You are not overreacting.
5. Medication Issues
This often goes hand in hand with conditions being misdiagnosed, but another popular category of medical malpractice issues with medication. Doctors prescribing medication to patients that they don’t need or that isn’t appropriate for their conditions can have horrible side effects, including serious illness and death.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is the best option if you or a loved one has not been given adequate medication to soothe pain or cure reversible illness. These professionals will not only ensure that you get the care you need. They will also make sure you get just compensation for any wrongs done.
6. Hospital Sickness
It may not be something you think about, but hospitals are filled with germs. This makes sense- after all, sick people are staying there in large quantities for lengthy periods. Despite this, however, it is the duty of the hospital to maintain a sanitary environment and prevent patients from becoming ill.
Hospitals are supposed to make you feel better, not worse. If you become sick during your time in a health care facility, you have grounds for a negligence lawsuit.
7. Childbirth Complications
It’s no secret that childbirth can be a traumatic experience. However, with modern technologies available to hospitals, health care providers should be doing all they can to give mothers as painless and easy a birthing experience as possible.
Oftentimes, this doesn’t happen, leading to claims that mothers are being abused by hospitals during childbirth. Even more sadly, many women are right to make claims of abuse.
From botched c-sections to doctors even trying to push the baby back during a particularly fast birth, there is a lot of medical malpractice that can happen on the birthing table.
Know Examples of Medical Malpractice
There is a huge range of issues that constitute medical malpractice. Though this list only touches on the things that malpractice lawsuits are often about, each of the categories we’ve discussed have any number of possibilities for specific cases.
Now that you know the most common examples of medical malpractice, it’s time to contact an attorney if you think you may have been the victim of one of these issues. Check out the Kennedy Spanner law firm to schedule a consultation with the best personal injury lawyers in Brisbane.
Remember, no matter what happened, you aren’t alone.