You trust your healthcare providers with your health and well-being. Most of the time, healthcare professionals will honor this trust by providing the highest standard of care for their patients. Other times, healthcare professionals falter in their duties to their patients. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, or other healthcare professional, acts in a negligent manner while treating a patient and an injury occurs because of that negligence. This kind of negligence could occur in countless ways during the treatment of a patient. Some medical errors that result in medical malpractice cases are more common than others.
What are the most common errors by healthcare professionals that result in medical malpractice claims?
According to a 2013 study published in BMJ Open, misdiagnosis was found to be the most common medical malpractice claim. The most common medical problems in adults that were misdiagnosed were cancer and heart attack. Appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, and bone fractures were other common ailments that were misdiagnosed. The second most common malpractice claim, the study found, was prescription error. Prescription error in medical malpractice claims seemed to be most frequently associated with steroids, antibiotics, anticoagulants, antidepressants, and antipsychotics.
Other common medical malpractice claims include:
- Childbirth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgery errors
Medical malpractice claims based on childbirth injuries can include negligence before or during childbirth. Negligent prenatal care includes failure to diagnosis a mother’s medical condition such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, and failure to identify birth defects or ectopic pregnancy. Negligence during childbirth can include failure to address signs of fetal distress or failure to foresee birth complications related to a tangled umbilical cord.
It is important to note that just because one or more of the above-listed medical errors occurs does not mean that medical malpractice has occurred. The healthcare professional must have breached the requisite standard of care and that must have directly caused your injury. Complying with the required standard of care means that the health care professional acted as another health care professional with a similar background and in the same geographic community would have acted under the circumstances that led to the supposed malpractice.
According to a 2011 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the most common medical specialists that are sued for malpractice are:
- Plastic surgeons
- Orthopedic surgeons
- General surgeons
- Thoracic-cardiovascular surgeons
The 2011 study found that neurosurgeons are at the greatest risk for being sued for malpractice noting that one in five neurosurgeons would be named in a malpractice claim each year.
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