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Common Causes Of Medical Malpractice

Common Causes Of Medical Malpractice

Most doctors perform their duties competently and diligently. When medical personnel make mistakes, however, horrific injuries often follow. Here are five common causes of medical malpractice.

  1. Overworked Staff
  2. Hospitals often have difficulties finding employees. As a result, many nurses and doctors work extremely long hours. Plagued by fatigue and sleep deprivation, they make more mistakes. The hospital can be held liable for failing to provide well-rested employees.

  3. Defective Equipment
  4. Medical researchers have developed many astonishing technologies. From pacemakers to artificial joints, medical equipment is used in increasingly invasive ways. Many of these technologies can add years to your lifespan or dramatically increase your quality of living. When they malfunction, however, the responsible doctors or manufacturers must pay for the resulting injuries.

  5. Under Trained Employees
  6. The practice of medicine evolves on a daily basis. Treatment regimens and diagnostic criteria are constantly shifting. As the medical profession struggles to limit overhead, many doctors are unable to afford the constant training needed to stay current. Courts routinely enter large awards against doctors who inflict injuries because they missed a development or breakthrough.

  7. High-Stakes Environment
  8. Medicine is a dangerous field. Minor mistakes often lead to catastrophic losses, and even innocent errors can maim or kill. Doctors and nurses are human beings, so mistakes are inevitable. Many malpractice suits involve errors that would have been quickly forgotten in any other profession. Nevertheless, doctors assume that risk when they take their oath. When their negligence causes injury, they must pay the consequences.

  9. Poor Attention To Detail
  10. Much of medical practice is routine. Doctors make standard prescriptions, and nurses repeatedly deliver the same doses. However, familiarity breeds contempt in hospitals just as it does in everyday life. Many medication errors are caused by a lapse in attention from a bored hospital employee. While it may be cause for sympathy, boredom is not a legal defense, and both the hospital and the employee can be held liable.

How An Attorney Can Help

The average patient is incapable of understanding the complexities of medical injuries. Only an experienced medical malpractice attorney can accurately assess your case and help you prepare for trial.