Common types of medical malpractice

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Whenever we visit a doctor’s office or hospital, we expect that the medical professionals we encounter will follow standard treatment protocols. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals do, and when they fail to do so, they may be breaching the duty of care to the patient. According to a study conducted by the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), which offers insurance plans for over 60 percent of private practice doctors throughout the country, some of the most typical medical malpractice claims include the following:

Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis

Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis are some of the most common forms of medical malpractice, making up approximately 40 percent of all claims.  Commonly misdiagnosed conditions include heart attack, staph infections, and appendicitis. Failure to diagnose/misdiagnosis can occur when a physician tells a patient that he or she is free from any condition or illness, when that is not the case. Additionally, it can occur when a doctor diagnoses a sick patient with a completely different illness than what he or she actually has. Finally, it can happen when a doctor prescribes and treats a patient with a condition that he or she does not have, when he or she is actually not sick at all. When a patient receives treatment for a condition they do not have, or do not receive the treatment for a condition they do have, the results can be serious or even fatal.

Failure to treat

Medical malpractice cases for failure to treat include circumstances such as neglecting to follow-up or re-evaluate a patient for a condition, discharging a patient prematurely, or neglecting to refer or recommend a patient to a specialist for additional medical care.

Surgical mistakes

Surgical mistakes can involve a variety of complications, such as incorrect incisions, anesthesia errors, damage to a body part or organ, wrong site surgery, and complications linked to the operation itself.  Surgical errors can result in severe medical problems, lifelong damage, lengthy post-operative care, or even death.

Medication mistakes

According to a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine, medication mistakes affect approximately 1.5 million patients annually. Prescription drug mistakes happen at all levels of health care, including hospitals, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and even long-term care facilities. The best way to guard yourself from medication mistakes is to be mindful and double-check the medication’s prescription label.

Peachtree Financial Solutions can help

If you were the plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit and were awarded monetary compensation in the form of periodic payments, it is likely you were awarded a structured settlement. Because a medical malpractice case often results in very costly medical bills for the victim, and many plaintiffs are also unable to work, medical malpractice lawsuits will usually yield a substantial amount of money.

Although the structured settlement payments a recipient will receive are designed to be enough to cover any expenses that he or she will face as a result of the incident, they sometimes just aren’t enough. That is where we come in.

At Peachtree Financial Solutions, we provide cash for settlement payments so you no longer have to wait for the money to slowly trickle in. Contact us today to learn how cash for settlement payments can get you the financial freedom you’ve been searching for. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we can also offer you a completely free quote.

Nothing above is meant to provide financial or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.

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