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Different Types Of Medical Malpractice



Medical malpractice is not limited to a particular field or practice of medicine. It can occur in any area in which a medical error or form of medical negligence happens and a patient is injured or dies as a result. However, there are some major areas within the medical field in which greater incidence of medical malpractice cases appears to occur. There are therefore a number of types of medical malpractice.

Plastic Or Cosmetic Surgery

Personal enhancement surgeries are on the rise in the United States. Most of these surgeries are not covered by health insurance and are considered elective procedures. Some say that juries hearing medical malpractice cases with damages resulting from cosmetic surgeries are mainly unsympathetic to the claimants. Jurors seem to believe that patients opted for the surgeries voluntarily and therefore bear some of the responsibility and liability for the resulting harm or injury. This unfavorable sentiment is largely limited to civil medical malpractice cases, however. There is a low rate of success for these types of claims. Punitive damages are rarely, if ever, awarded in these cases.

Prescription Drugs

This category is one of the most common types of medical malpractice. It primarily involves drug errors. Unfortunately, prescription drug errors can be fatal. They often go unreported, unrecognized and unnoticed. If the errors are caught in time, they can sometimes be addressed with corrective treatment, and it is possible that the patients might suffer no damage.

There are numerous individuals who can be found liable for making prescription drug errors, some of whom include:

  • Doctors
  • Physicians
  • Healthcare members
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Technicians
  • Prescription drug companies
  • Prescription drug manufacturers
  • Prescription drug marketing companies.

The types of negligence associated with prescription drug errors that amount to medical malpractice include:

  • Wrong medications
  • Wrong dosages
  • Failures to reasonably predict adverse effects, symptoms or complications
  • Defective medications
  • Unsafe medications
  • Illegible prescriptions.

In fact, the most common cause of medication errors results from illegible prescriptions or abbreviations used by prescribing physicians. Pharmacists are required to contact a doctor before issuing medicines pursuant to a prescription they cannot discern or read conclusively.

o append the proposed reforms to legislation required to keep the state government running. A defeat of the reforms would also result in shutting down the state government. The battle over medical malpractice reform in New York promises to be long and protracted.

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