3 Common Types of Medical Malpractice

by Staff Blogger | December 13th, 2018

Doctors, surgeons, and other specialized healthcare providers swear to do no harm to their patients and to abide by an ethical code upon entering their professions. And while people in the medical field rarely set out to intentionally harm their patients, simply being negligent or careless is enough to cause patients to suffer serious and even life-threatening complications.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers are here to help anyone who suffered harm because a medical professional failed to uphold his or her duty. While medical malpractice can encompass many types of negligence, three of the most common types include:

  1. Diagnosis errors—Whether physicians diagnose the wrong illness, or they wait too long to diagnose a disease, not properly treating patients’ conditions as soon as possible can cause their health to rapidly deteriorate.
  2. Prescription errors—Prescription drugs can treat or even cure some illnesses and diseases, but they must be used properly and within a certain timeframe to be most effective. When doctors fail to prescribe the correct medications at the correct dosages, they can put patients’ lives at risk.
  3. Surgical errors—Surgery is inherently risky, and not all surgeries go according to plan, even when all precautions are followed. However, surgeons can greatly increase patients’ risks by operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical tools inside their bodies, or failing to administer proper after-surgery care.

It’s important to get in touch with an experienced law firm if you or someone you love was hurt by a medical professional. We’re here to help you pursue the compensation you deserve—call us today for a free consultation.