If a medical treatment provider causes a patient to suffer a disease or injury by his or her negligent actions or failures to act, that health care professional may be guilty of medical malpractice. Even if a patient already suffers from a disease or injury, the treatment provider may still face liability for malpractice if his or her actions or inactions increase a patient’s risk of harm or causes the condition to worsen.

Medical malpractice can occur in many different scenarios. Here are some of the more common medical mistakes:

  • Failure to diagnose and properly treat medical emergencies. In emergency situations prompt and correct treatment is essential.
  • Failure to diagnose and properly treat serious medical conditions. Often symptoms are overlooked or a patient is taken for granted. Sometimes x-rays and other test results are misread.
  • Surgical mistakes. A slip of a knife can cause severe problems. Sometimes medical instruments or sponges are left inside a patient after surgery by mistake.
  • Errors with medication or treatment. A wrong prescription or treatment can cause serious injury or illness.
  • Delays in diagnosis. Many times diagnostic delay can have dire consequences, especially in the case of various types of cancer.
  • Birth Injuries. Malpractice can often occur during labor. Complications arise that require immediate and proper reactions from doctors and nurses. Cerebral palsy cases sometimes arise as a result of such medical mistakes.
  • Failure to advise of diagnosis. A patient has the right to know the diagnosis so that he or she can properly assess treatment options.
  • Lack of Informed Consent. A patient has the right to understand the risks associated with a particular type of treatment.
  • Abandonment. A treatment provider cannot always simply stop treating a patient, especially in emergency situations.

Have you or a loved one suffered medical malpractice, or did you lose someone because of the negligence of a medical professional? Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. and his team are ready to help you. Schedule a free consultation online, or give our Columbus, Ohio, office a call at (614) 766-2000 today.