We trust in our healthcare because we must. If medical malpractice happens and a loved one is seriously injured or killed, we expect hospitals and our healthcare providers to admit fault and take accountability for what happened. Sadly, patients cannot always count on hospitals and healthcare providers to do the right thing.
There are various types of medical malpractice cases ranging from surgery on the wrong body part, to misdiagnosis of a disease. If a case of medical malpractice is proven to have caused harm to the patient, the patient is entitled to be compensated the amount of money damages that fairly and adequately compensates the them for all the physical injuries and financial damages he or she has sustained.
The bare minimum required to prove a medical malpractice claim requires a patient to establish: 1. The healthcare provider undertook and had a duty to care for the patient; 2. The healthcare provider violated that duty i.e. deviated from the standard of care and was negligence; 3. The healthcare provider’s negligence was an actual cause of harm to the patient; and 4. Harm in the form of injury or death.
We have compiled a list of the eight most common types of medical malpractice, based on our experience handling medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania for over 40 years. These include injuries in childbirth, surgical errors, medication & prescription mistakes, and more. Read on for the full list and details about each.
As important as it is to know what medical malpractice is, it is also important to know what medical malpractice is not. The fact is, that most healthcare, even a poor outcome, is NOT medical malpractice. Also, in our experience, most doctors and nurses have the best intentions for their patients. But because the stakes are so high in medicine, it is common for patients or their families to wonder if a poor outcome was preventable.