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Types of medical negligence to be aware of

We place trust in medical professionals because they have a duty of care toward their patients. In many cases, medical professionals have their patients' lives in their hands, so they must only make decisions that are well-informed and based upon their training.

Since medical professionals do have a duty of care, legal action can be taken when there is a breach of this duty of care. If you believe that you or a loved one experienced medical negligence due to a medical provider's breach of duty, you should take the time to understand the different types of medical negligence before taking action to file a claim.

Misdiagnosis

When a patient is complaining of certain symptoms, it is the job of the medical provider to assess these symptoms and to conduct the appropriate tests or complete the most sensible referrals. While rare conditions can take a significant amount of time to diagnose, an incorrect diagnosis is a sign that a medical provider breached their duty of care.

Over-treating

In contrast to failing to treat a medical condition, over-treating a medical condition can be equally as harmful. Over-treating can mean that patients experience adverse side effects from medications that they do not need, and they may face unnecessary health risks due to this.

Surgical errors

Surgery is risky by nature, and this makes proper care even more vital. If mistakes or errors were made during surgery, this could be a sign that the surgeon or other medical professionals were negligent. As a result, a victim of a surgical error may be able to take legal action.

Infections

Infections are always a risk, and this is why it is necessary for a hospital to take all of the possible precautions to reduce the risk of infection transmission from one patient to another. If you or a loved one suffered persistent infections in the hospital or you believe that an acquired infection was the result of sub-par hygiene standards, you may be able to take legal action.

Making a successful medical malpractice claim could mean that you are able to gain compensation for all of the medical costs incurred as a result of the incident. You may also gain punitive damages. Make sure that you fully understand the law before taking action.

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