If a doctor or hospital causes you harm due to negligence or incompetence, you may be feeling a lot of frustration. You may be wondering if there is any action you can take.
It may be possible to file a lawsuit against the medical professional who hurt you. Here are some common types of medical malpractice that may warrant legal action.
1. Drug mistakes
One kind of medical malpractice is when errors occur during the processes of prescribing or administering drugs. Some examples of medication mistakes include giving the wrong amount of medication and giving the wrong type of medication. Potential parties that may be liable for medication errors include doctors, nurses, pharmacists or anesthesiologists.
2. Surgery errors
You may be able to sue your doctor if he or she made mistakes during your surgery. Some surgical mistakes include the following:
- Leaving a medical device inside the patient
- Damaging nerves
- Performing the wrong operation
- Failing to stop the patient from bleeding
- Performing surgery on the wrong body part
- Performing surgery on the wrong patient
If any of these apply to you and are causing you harm, you may have enough proof to start a medical malpractice case.
3. Diagnosis mistakes
You expect medical professionals to properly diagnose any problems you have. Unfortunately, doctors often make mistakes when diagnosing diseases and conditions. Doctors may make the incorrect diagnosis, diagnose a condition too late or fail to diagnose anything at all. Diagnosis errors can be life-threatening.
4. Pregnancy negligence
Medical mistakes often occur during the pregnancy and childbirth process. Some things that may result from negligence include excessive vaginal bleeding, long labor, placental abnormalities, premature babies and nerve damage to babies. Negligence may cause harm to the mother or baby.
If you believe you are suffering due to medical malpractice, consider seeking justice through the legal systems. Illinois has medical malpractice laws designed to protect patients like you.