Common Medical Malpractice Types

Breaking down every step of the Medical Malpractice Process

What are some common types of medical malpractice?

There are three major types of Medical Malpractice:

1. Failure to make the proper diagnosis

The number of misdiagnoses is staggering. About 12 million adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed each year in the U.S. The most common sources of medical malpractice claims between 2013 to 2017 were diagnostic errors.

2. Failure to treat a medical condition

If a medical professional fails to treat a patient through negligence or medical error, it can be considered medical malpractice. The general principle is that the doctor is required to adhere to accepted standards of care. Examples of this type include:

– Failure to assess and observe a patient’s condition
– Failure to conduct required medical tests
– Failure to refer a patient to a specialist
– Failure to treat appropriately and in a timely manner
– Failure to advise about the available treatments for an existing condition
– Failure to treat a patient because they didn’t have insurance

3. Medication errors

According to, about 1.3 million people are injured every year in the United States due to medication errors. 

There are many types of medication errors, including:

  • dispensing the wrong medication to a patient
  • dispensing the wrong dosage of medication (either too much or too little)
  • mislabeling the medication
  • not warning the patient of the typical side effects of the medication
  • prescribing the patient a drug with which the patient will have an allergic reaction
  • prescribing the patient a drug that interacts badly with other medications that the patient is already taking

Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit

Did you know that medical malpractice is a leading cause of wrongful death in the United States? Medical malpractice is a complex issue that has been heatedly debated for years. There is no single cause for medical malpractice, but there are several factors that lead to it. One factor is the pressure that doctors are under to deliver results quickly. Another factor is the lack of training in the healthcare community and the tendency for doctors to think of themselves as above the law.

Finding the best medical malpractice lawyer

It’s never easy finding the best medical malpractice lawyer for your case. You may be tempted to go with the first law firm you see or the first billboard you pass, but that might not be the best decision. There are many different factors that go into deciding who is the best. Some lawyers specialize in specific areas, and it’s important to know what your case needs before you start looking.

The lawyer should be experienced, knowledgeable, and honest. You want someone who will be there for you every step of the way. Whichever online or offline source of knowledge you’re using to gather information about prospective lawyers, make sure that it’s trustworthy and reliable.

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How can help with your medical malpractice case

If you were injured by a health professional, you have plenty of options to recover a fair compensation.  Bringing a lawyer onto your case can help you understand how much your case is worth and how to get the maximum compensation possible.  Please – don’t accept any insurance offers to settle until you take your case to an experienced malpractice attorney.  Our lawyers have decades of experience handling malpractice cases and they all offer free consultations on new cases. Call today for a free consultation.

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