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Common Types of Medical Malpractice

  • Everyone makes mistakes. But for some people, making a mistake can cost others dearly. This is especially true for individuals who work in the healthcare industry. These workers have patient’s lives in their hands every day. Making a mistake could seriously injure or even kill a patient. 

    Medical errors continue to be a common occurrence in the U.S. And some types of medical malpractice occur more frequently than others. You can learn more about some of the more common types of medical malpractice: surgical errors, birth injuries, anesthesia errors, and more. And when you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, our team at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, is here to help. 

    Surgical Errors

    Mistakes that occur during surgery are far more common than you might think. Some surgeons and their teams have been known to leave surgical instruments inside body cavities, operate on the wrong person, perform the wrong operation, schedule unnecessary procedures, and commit other acts of medical malpractice. 

    Birth Injuries

    Birth injuries and maternal birth injuries are still common in the U.S. When a healthcare provider makes a mistake during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or after childbirth that causes mother or baby to suffer devastating injuries, they can be held accountable through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Common examples of birth injuries include:

    • Brachial plexus birth injuries
    • Erb’s palsy
    • Cephalohematoma
    • Caput succedaneum 
    • Facial paralysis
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Traumatic brain damage

    These are only a few of the different types of birth injuries you could sue for. Discuss your case with a birth injury lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, to find out whether you have grounds for a case. 

    Anesthesia Errors

    Anesthesiologists and their teams are tasked with putting patients to sleep, and keeping them asleep during surgery. Some of the more common types of anesthesia errors include providing the wrong dose, failure to monitor the patient properly, failure to provide the patient with instructions prior to surgery, and improper intubation.

    Other Common Types of Medical Negligence

    Medical malpractice can take many different forms. Essentially, any time the medical duty of care is breached, the patient may have grounds for a case. 

    This means any time a healthcare provider makes a mistake that another provider of similar experience, education, and training would not have made, medical malpractice has occurred. Some of the other, more generic types of medical malpractice include:

    • Failure to diagnose
    • Failure to treat
    • Failure to provide follow-up care
    • Misdiagnosis
    • Medication errors
    • Pharmacy errors
    • Defective medical products
    • Delayed diagnosis

    Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Kentucky

    If you’ve become injured or your condition has worsened and you believe your healthcare provider’s mistakes are the cause, you need a legal advocate representing your right to full compensation. 

    Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, to get started on your case. You can visit our website to complete our convenient contact form or call our office at 502-253-9110 when you are ready to get started on your case.