Medical malpractice is a broad term that can include a variety of incidents in which a patient is harmed due to the negligence of a medical professional.
Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- Medication errors: The most common medical error, medication mistakes often include prescribing the wrong medication or administering the incorrect dosage of medication
- Surgical errors: If a doctor operates without appropriate caution and injures a patient, the results can be severe or even life-threatening; surgical errors can include anything from the use of unsanitary instruments to an organ puncture or surgery on the incorrect body part
- Nursing and hospital errors: When hospitals are understaffed, existing nurses and other employees can be overworked and more prone to mistakes or negligent behavior; common nursing and hospital errors include incorrect documentation of medical conditions or prescription medications, improper use of medical devices, and failure to monitor patients
- Anesthesia mistakes: If anesthesia is administered incorrectly or the patient is not monitored appropriately, complications such as brain damage can result
Medical errors can create dire health problems for the victim. In extreme cases, medical negligence can also lead to wrongful death. Tens of thousands of people die each year due to preventable medical errors.
If you’ve been harmed or a loved one has been killed due to a medical error, please contact the Little Rock medical malpractice attorneys at the Duncan Firm today for a free consultation.