Doctors and hospitals in the Commonwealth of Virginia are required to protect the health and safety of their patients. But each year, patients are harmed as a result of a medical negligence. In fact, the National Practitioner Data Bank shows that between 2003-13, Virginia medical malpractice lawsuits made up almost three percent of all medical malpractice claims in the United States.
Some of the most common causes of medical malpractice claims in Virginia include:
- Misdiagnosis– Doctors sometimes fail to properly identify conditions patients are suffering from. This can lead to improper or ineffective treatments that cause further harm.
- Surgical Errors– This type of medical malpractice includes operations on the wrong body part, wrong site surgeries, surgical equipment left inside the body, and the use of contaminated tools and surgical spaces.
- Medication Mistakes– Patients are sometimes given the wrong dosages or wrong medications. Doctors may also prescribe medications to treat conditions for which the drug is not approved to treat.
Avoid being the victim of medical malpractice by taking a look at the safety tips provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
If you’ve been the victim of a medical provider’s negligence, help is available. The Roanoke personal injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm are here to answer any questions you may have about your legal rights to compensation for your injuries.