What are the Most Common Medical Errors?

Medical mistakes happen much more frequently than we would like to believe.  Such errors come in many forms, and are often preventable.  If you have been the victim of a medical mistake, Illinois brain injury and medical malpractice lawyers can help you and your spouse recover compensation.  Knowing some of the most common errors can help you protect yourself and your family.

  • Medication errors.  Medication errors can include improper prescription and administration of medication, preventable adverse drug reactions, improper dosage and improper labeling.  According to the National Academy of Sciences, more than 1.5 million people are injured every year due to medication errors.
  • Communication errors.  Poor communication between doctors and patients and among medical professionals can lead to serious complications.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to remind your doctor of medications you are taking and other relevant information.
  • Surgical errors.  Complications during surgery are common, but major preventable errors involving surgery are also shockingly frequent occurrences.  This includes performing the wrong procedure on a patient, or even performing surgery on the wrong patient.

No two cases are exactly alike, but many malpractice cases have similar elements.  Brain injury lawyers in Chicago have experience with all types of medical errors.  If you believe a medical professional was negligent in administering care or medication, an attorney can advise you of your legal options.

The attorneys of Phillips Law Offices offer comprehensive legal services to medical malpractice victims and their families throughout Illinois.  If you have been the victim of medical error, contact us today.