Medical malpractice is something that you hear about on the radio, and television show dramas often feature medical malpractice suits, but you don’t expect to receive bad medical care when you go to the doctor. Medical malpractice does happen in New Jersey, and you should be aware of the types of medical malpractice that you might encounter when you’re at the hospital or another medical facility.
Common types of medical malpractice
One of the most common types of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis. For instance, if a doctor fails to diagnose a patient, the condition could get worse and ultimately lead to death. In a case where there was a failure to diagnose, a thorough investigation must be conducted to check if the doctor should have been able to diagnose the condition. Medical errors also occur, and these can lead to serious illness or death. One common type of medical error is pharmaceutical errors. Everything from the doctor prescribing the wrong medication to the pharmacy dispensing the incorrect medication can happen. Doctors can also make the correct diagnosis but give the wrong treatment. Finally, pregnancy and birth is a long and complex road, and a lot can go wrong along the way. Some birth injuries include bruises from forceps, fractures, umbilical cord entrapment, and abrupted placenta.
Medical malpractice rates
With emergency rooms and hospitals overflowing with patients when COVID-19 hit, this also led to an increase in medical malpractice suits. Hospital staff was overworked, and it was more likely that mistakes could be made because of the increased patient-to-staff ratio.
Medical malpractice is always a possibility, and you should be aware of the potential ways that you could be given treatment that’s less than adequate so that you’re aware of your rights.