Common Medical Errors
According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, there are about 1.3 million people who are injured every year from medical errors. Surprisingly, many medical malpractice victims do not work with personal injury attorneys to recover compensation for their injuries.
There are many different types of medical errors that can leave you or someone in your family permanently injured or dead. Some of the most common types of medical errors include:
- Medication Errors – The most common type of medication error is prescribing medications with the improper dosage. The wrong drug or the wrong dosage of medication can result in severe or fatal side effects.
- Hospital Errors – Hospital errors are usually in the form of bedsores, infections, or failure to provide patient aid. Hospital errors like these can happen when the patient is unable to communicate and they can be avoided by having an advocate for the patient to work with doctors and nurses.
- Surgical Errors – Surgical errors are some of the most serious forms of medical error because they can include transfusing the wrong blood types, performing surgery on the wrong site, or providing the incorrect amount of anesthesia.
No matter how small you think the medical mistake is, a medical error is wrong and the doctor, nurse, or hospital should be held responsible. With a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can recover compensation for your medical error injuries.