Common Forms of Medical Malpractice Explained

Common Forms of Medical Malpractice Explained

Medical malpractice fatalities are the third leading cause of death in America, meaning that it’s more than likely that you or a loved one may be a victim of mild or severe medical malpractice at some point in your life. Because of the trust we place in healthcare providers, recognizing malpractice and negligence on their part can be difficult, and as such, it’s beneficial to familiarize yourself with some of the most common forms of medical malpractice.

Types of Medical Malpractice 

Medical malpractice comes in a variety of forms, all of which can be incredibly unique and personal to each individual victim or case; however, the most common types of medical malpractice tend to fall into one of several categories:

  • Lack of informed consent can seem innocent, yet often has extreme ramifications; when a health care provider fails to properly inform an individual of all risks and expectations surrounding a disease, condition, treatment, or surgery, they might use that faulty information to make decisions they otherwise wouldn’t.
  • Patient abandonment involves the desertion or neglect of an established doctor-patient relationship and comes in two forms: abandonment, which is a mistake, and intentional abandonment, which knowingly harms a patient with a lack of care.
  • Pharmaceutical negligence, while oftentimes a matter of pharmacy neglect (such as with contamination and incorrectly filling out orders), can also be the result of misprescribed medication and dosages.
  • Misdiagnosis involves incorrect diagnoses or a delayed diagnosis that harms patients, usually via the administering of unnecessary treatments, surgeries, and medications.
  • Surgical errors are as they sound; when a doctor performs unreasonable surgery they hurt the patient during surgery, leave tools inside the patient, or otherwise make an inept, negligent, or reckless error during surgery.
  • Nursing home abuse is a specialized form of medical malpractice, in which senior nursing home patients are physically, mentally, or emotionally abused or bullied, whether via neglect or direct attacks. This can also include failure to maintain safe conditions or protect residents from other abusive patients.

Difficulties Medical Malpractice Cases Present

Common Forms of Medical Malpractice Explained

Regardless of the type of medical malpractice that hurt you, it can be difficult to get compensation for your loss. Health care providers are usually extremely difficult when dealing with medical malpractice lawsuits, as they have more than a financial obligation to worry about—for them, preserving their reputation is tantamount to success. As such, they’ll generally pay as much as necessary to fight your case, fielding seasoned attorneys for their defense; on top of this, they’ll generally make it extremely difficult to procure records and evidence, which makes legal pressure from an experienced medical malpractice attorney necessary. 

To compound upon everything else, medical malpractice is often a complex matter of debatable legal grey area; given that medical procedures are complex, multi-step processes with multiple parties involved, and the fact that no doctor can be expected to have a 100% success rate, it can be difficult to prove that negligence occurred or that any specific entity is liable for an injury.

A Mississippi Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help

Medical malpractice suits are difficult and complex, yes, but they’re far from insurmountable. If you or a loved one have been hurt by medical malpractice, call us at (601) 401-6884 to schedule a free consultation with one of Germany Law Firm, PLLC’s Mississippi medical malpractice attorneys. We can help you build a strong case, taking the burden off of your shoulders so that you can focus on a comfortable, swift recovery and spending time with your loved ones.