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Common types of medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2018 | Medical Malpractice |

There are many reasons that people in Hawaii go to clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities. It could be because they have an injury, an illness or even for preventative care. However, no matter what reason the person may go to the doctor they usually all have the same goal and that is to get better or maintain good health. While doctors cannot perform miracles, they expect that the doctors will do whatever they can to help.

Unfortunately, sometimes, doctors and other medical professionals make mistakes and people sometimes leave in a worse condition than when they first arrived. If this occurs the patient may have a medical malpractice claim against the doctor or other medical professionals. There are many different mistakes that the doctors can make, but some are more common than others.

The most common type of medical malpractice claim is for surgical mistakes. This can include issues with the anesthetics, using contaminated instruments, operating on the wrong area of the body or even the wrong patient. Another common medical malpractice issue is misdiagnosis of the injury or illness or failing to treat the diagnosis correctly. There could also be issues with prescriptions such as prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage, prescribing a medication a patient is allergic to or not warning the patients of potential side effects, not verifying any other medications the patient is taking at the time and others.

While most of the time that people in Hawaii go to the doctor, they do in fact leave better than when they arrived, sometimes doctors do make mistakes and people suffer significant issues as a result. If that occurs the victim may have a medical malpractice claim against the doctor. They may be entitled to compensation to pay for the damages that the doctor caused. These can be difficult cases though and not always straightforward though. Experienced attorneys understand these matters though and may be able to guide one through it.