What are the most common ways that medical malpractice occurs?

Medical malpractice is when a mistake or negligence by a doctor or other medical personnel results in injury or even death to a patient. We would hope that medical malpractice would be rare, but it is actually more common than most people realize. According to a recent study, between 210,000 and 440,000 people lost their lives each year because of a preventable medical error. This makes medical malpractice the third leading cause of death.

Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of ways. Misdiagnosis, including incorrect, missed or delayed diagnosis, is one of the most common medical mistakes, which can have grave consequences. Other common types of medical malpractice include medication errors, anesthesia errors, childbirth injuries and surgery errors. If you were injured, became ill or your condition worsened as the result of a medical mistake, contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation.