Suing the Doctor: Common Types of Medical Negligence Cases

PUBLISHED: July 7, 2017

People turn to doctors or other healthcare professionals to cure or treat their illnesses. While it is normal to hope for the best, doctors sometimes make mistakes. When these medical errors cost lives or contribute to further complications, it is important to file a claim and seek compensation.

If you feel that you or your loved one has incurred additional injury or damage as a result of medical negligence, you can file for a medical malpractice case. Here are some of the types of medical negligence claims that may be awarded with compensation:

Misdiagnosis of an Injury or Illness

This is one of the common errors among healthcare practitioners. Misdiagnosis is usually common in complicated conditions, especially when patients don’t always show all related symptoms. The sad part is, the repercussions can be life-threatening, as the doctor has been spending time treating the wrong illness. You may be able to receive compensation if the practitioner failed to perform tests or procedures that other doctors would have performed to diagnose your condition better.

Errors in Prescribing Drugs/Medication

Malpractice or negligence associated with medication may involve administering the wrong drug or prescribing the wrong amount of medication. Incorrect prescription can make you sicker or cause adverse side effects. Healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists) who have been involved in administering the drug can be liable in a lawsuit. If you believe that you suffered harm due to a prescription error, it is best to contact a medical malpractice lawyer.

Failure to Warn of Risks or Side-Effects

It is the doctor’s’ duty to warn you of the side-effects and risks, as you have the final say whether to pursue or reject the treatment. When the doctor has failed to advise you or your loved one of the associated risks, and if you had known about them, you would not have pursued the treatment and incurred injury or complications, you can get legal help to review your case or find out if you can obtain compensation.

Birth Injuries or Complications

Medical malpractice can occur during pregnancy or delivery and cause injury to the mother or baby. It is important to note, however, that pregnancies are complicated. If the delivery didn’t go as expected, it does not necessarily mean that the doctor was negligent or has committed malpractice. You can only get a compensation if you can prove that the attending physician’s poor decision-making contributed to an injury or defect.

What You Should Do

The situations above are just some of the common types of medical malpractice claims. If you or someone you cared about suffered harm or injury due to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to make a claim. You can receive a malpractice claim if you can establish or prove that carelessness or negligence has occurred. It is best to consult a medical malpractice lawyer to help you with your case. The compensation you will receive will depend on your unique situation and the harm you have suffered.

PK Simpson is a firm committed to helping you get the best results, which will then save you money and further emotional stress.  We have medical negligence lawyers who can help you with your case and get the compensation you deserve. If you think that you or a loved one is a victim of medical negligence, give us a call or send us an email at enquiries@pksimpson.com.au.

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