Different Elements of Medical Malpractice

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Each year, cases of medical malpractice are brought to court when a nurse, doctor, or other medical professional fails to provide adequate health care treatment harms a patient. There are many different types of medical malpractice, which are covered below, that are made by health care professionals. Although many instances of medical malpractice may be medical mistakes they can cause serious health concerns for patients. Medical mistakes are not always covered under medical malpractice. In order for the case to be considered medical malpractice, the medical professional must have been negligent in their care, which includes not being skillful or competent. We have included some of the most common forms of medical malpractice where people seek legal representation.


 Medical malpractice complaints that are filed as misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis are some of the most common legal claims. If a patient receives a misdiagnosis or does not receive a diagnosis in a time that could have prevented serious harm or death, then the case is often considered medical malpractice. Serious health conditions may occur because a patient did not receive proper treatment in an appropriate time frame. Comparing the treatment plan that the doctor prescribed with a treatment plan from a similar case can prove misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. If your treatment plan is significantly different than one from a similar case and you had negative health outcomes, then you may have experienced medical malpractice.

Childbirth Injuries

 Various childbirth injuries can be caused by medical malpractice, including brain injuries, fractured bones, and nerve damage. These injuries may also be caused by other factors, including birth defects. An obstetrician or physician may be charged with medical malpractice both during the pregnancy and during the delivery. Negligent prenatal care involves situations in which the baby is harmful to the mother or in which a physician fails to diagnose a medical condition that may impact the health of the baby. Additional examples of negligent prenatal care include, failure to identify birth defects or a disease that could be contagious to the mother’s fetus. Negligence during childbirth could harm the baby or the mother, such as fetal distress or an inappropriate cesarean.

Surgery Errors

 Some medical malpractice arises from errors that occur in the operating room. Surgeons have made mistakes while operating, such as puncturing internal organs, operating on the wrong body part, or leaving operation material inside the body. If you have ongoing health complications following a surgery and have found fault during the surgical procedure or post-operational care then you may have experienced medical malpractice.

If you believe you have been injured due to medical malpractice you can contact an attorney at Callihan, Lohr & Syracuse Law Firm in order to learn more about hiring an expert to represent your case. We will help walk you through the various laws that might apply to your specific case and support you to get the compensation that you deserve. You can contact Callihan, Lohr & Syracuse Law Firm today by calling 843-790-3476.