What are the Different Types of Medical Malpractice?

Hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers have a responsibility to provide safe medical care to patients. Unfortunately, even in hospitals, mistakes happen. Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a doctor or healthcare professional. If you suspect your injury is the result of medical malpractice, you need to speak to a skilled Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Below are examples of medical malpractice:

  • Surgical mistakes. Surgical mistakes are one of the most common types of medical malpractice. They occur when a surgeon operates on the wrong part of the body, on the wrong patient or leaves instruments behind after a procedure.
  • Medication errors. The right medication can cure disease and infection. The wrong medication can worsen a condition. Medication errors can lead to serious injury or even death.
  • Misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis is serious because it determines what medications and procedures a patient will receive. Additionally, a doctor may be held liable if he or she fails to diagnose a condition.
  • Birth errors. If a doctor is too forceful, a baby may suffer bruising and nerve damage that can lead to conditions like Erb’s Palsy and cerebral palsy.

Medical malpractice injuries can cause frustration and anger. The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Phillips Law Firm are here to help you obtain the compensation you need to pay for medical costs, pain, suffering and loss of wages.