What Are the Types of Medical Malpractice?

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Explore:  Medical Malpractice

You hope your health care provider won’t make a mistake when you are under his or her care. You trust your doctor or nurse to know what is best for you. Phoenix medical malpractice lawyers understand that medical professionals are not perfect, but mistakes happen with sometimes lethal results.

If you feel that your doctor or other health care provider may have committed malpractice, don’t wait too long before you seek legal advice. The Arizona Statute of Limitations for malpractice is two years from the date of injury. There are many types of medical malpractice, and each poses its own dangers to your health. The most common types of medical malpractice issues include:

  • Incorrect diagnosis. If a doctor doesn’t diagnosis you correctly, you may receive an unneeded treatment which carries the risks of other harm, or your condition will worsen because you didn’t receive the treatment you do need.
  • Failure to recognize symptoms. A doctor may not recognize your symptoms as a cause of the illness you have, which could prevent you from receiving the treatment that you need ? until it’s too late.
  • Prescription errors. Prescription errors are common. If a doctor mistakenly prescribes the wrong drug, it could compromise your health. Your doctor could also order the wrong dosage ? giving too much, or not enough of a drug.
  • Surgical errors. Performing surgery on the wrong site is a common error in the operating room.