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Common types of medical malpractice

Pittsburgh residents go to the doctor expecting to be helped for their medical condition. Usually doctors are able to accurately diagnose their patients, refer them to the proper specialist and help their patients feel better. But, like everyone else, doctors are prone to mistakes. Unfortunately their mistakes can have serious consequences. There are several common types of medical malpractice that a patient may encounter.

One common type of medical malpractice is the failure to diagnose an illness. A doctor fails to spot what is wrong with the patient or fails to order the correct tests. Common types of misdiagnosis include heart conditions, appendicitis, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Many of these conditions, if not treated promptly, can result in a worsened medical condition or even death.

Another type of medical malpractice is surgical errors. These can occur when a surgeon operates on the wrong part of a patient, surgical equipment is left inside of a patient, anesthesia error, the surgeon is careless or the operating room staff is negligent. Any of these conditions can cause serious harm to the patient.

Birth injuries are another common medical malpractice area. Many things can go wrong during birth including the failure to monitor the baby and the mom, not performing a C-Section in time, harming the baby's head or arms during birth, uterine ruptures and oxygen deprivation.

If you have been the victim of any of these doctor mistakes, you may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. Doctors should be held accountable for their mistakes and compensation may be available for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical Malpractice," accessed on Dec. 18, 2014

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