Five of the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
After poring over nearly 250,000 different internal medicine malpractice claims, researchers compiled a list of the top five reasons people file medical malpractice lawsuits. The research team based the list off of over 33,000 of those cases, and this is the information they released in JAMA Internal Medicine:
- Failure to Diagnose: While mistakes in such a complex field as medicine are bound to occur, oftentimes a physician’s negligence will cause them to overlook obvious symptoms, allowing a patient’s condition to worsen before it finally the patient finally gets the treatment he or she needs. Thirty-four percent of these cases led to the plaintiff recovering compensation.
- Breach of Care: This topic covers anything from a doctor failing to get informed consent from a patient, to failing to inspect a machine that malfunctions. A mere 4.8 percent of these cases led to a payout.
- Causing Complications in a Procedure: This generally covers any instance where an incompetent doctor committed an injurious error.
- Failure to Monitor: This includes a failure to monitor the conditions of patients, as well as a failure to monitor the nurses or physicians assistants. Nearly a third of these cases ended with a payout.
- Medication Errors: This could include pharmacy malpractice where the wrong drug was prescribed, or when a doctor forgot to ask basic questions such as any allergies. This type of case could also involve a failure to monitor a patient when a certain type of medication specifically calls for this monitoring. Roughly 30 percent of such cases involved a payout.
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