Four Common Medical Malpractice Claims
Unfortunately, many people suffer needlessly at the hands of healthcare providers. When doctors, surgeons, specialists, and nurses make a mistake that causes serious personal injury or death, they may be held liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Attorney Chris Mellino invites you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have about a potential claim.
The four most common reasons people take legal action are:
- Surgical Errors – Patients often report that doctors have operated on the wrong side of their body, amputated the wrong arm or leg, or performed an operation on the wrong patient (this often happens when patients share the same name, such as John Smith). Anesthesia mistakes and nerve damage also occur.
- Medication Errors – An adverse side effect, overdose, or interaction can cause serious harm or death. Numerous parties may be held responsible, including the pharmacy, its technician, physicians, and hospitals.
- Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose – The most common misdiagnosed conditions include heart attacks, infections, cancer, and appendicitis.
- Failure to Treat – if a doctor neglects to prescribe appropriate treatment, discharges a patient prematurely, fails to follow up, reevaluate, or recommend a specialist recommendation, he or she may be held liable for negligence.