If you or someone you know has ever been affected by a medical malpractice claim, then you know exactly how important it is to know your rights as a patient under the law. Contact Novak LLP if you have questions about a case that you believe may constitute medical malpractice.
What are the most common medical malpractice claims? These four claims were the most common in 2016, according to eQuoteMD.
1. Surgical Errors – These include operating on the wrong limb, infection from non-sterile instruments, and improper anesthesia.
2. Misdiagnosis – Medical Professional not accurately reading possible warning signs and preconditions.
3. Prescription Errors – Drug errors include everything from mislabeling medications to prescribing a medicine to which the patient has an allergy.
4. Failure to Treat – Failing to treat a properly diagnosed condition according to the appropriate standard of care is usually the result of overworked, understaffed medical facilities.
According to a 2013 CBS News report, these were the most commonly misdiagnosed illnesses in adults:
2. Heart Attacks
4. Ectopic Pregnancy
5. Bone Fractures
In children, the two most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions were meningitis and many forms of cancer.