Types of Hospital Malpractice

Jeff Varcadipane

January 27, 2022

Types of Hospital Malpractice

According to statistics, approximately 195,000 people die in hospitals each year because of preventable mistakes. Additionally, there are believed to be between 80,000 to 100,000 deaths annually in the United States due to an error in diagnosis. Moreover, there are approximately 15,000 to 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits filed each year. 

Interestingly, it is estimated that 96 percent of medical malpractice cases are settled outside of court. If you believe that a hospital or its staff acted negligently and caused your injury, you should consider speaking with a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney. 

The lawyers from Varcadipane & Pinnisi, P.C., have the experience required to determine if you have a valid medical malpractice claim. With our skills and experience, we can help you increase the likelihood of obtaining financial compensation from the hospital or hospital staff that caused your injuries. 

The Five Different Types Of Hospital Malpractice

Below we have briefly discussed the five common types of hospital malpractice. If you have experienced any of the below situations, it might be in your best interests to seek legal counsel from an attorney who specializes in hospital and medical malpractice claims. 

1. Medication Errors

A significant amount of medical malpractice claims arise from errors in administering or prescribing patient medication. Often a doctor has prescribed the incorrect drug or given instructions for an incorrect dosage. 

Additionally, many times pharmacists have misread the medication written on a prescription and have given out the wrong medications. When patients are given the wrong drug or an incorrect dosage, it could have life-threatening implications and cause further injury. 

2. Birth Injuries

Unfortunately, many hospital medical malpractice lawsuits are initiated because of birth injuries. These injuries arise when a doctor or technician makes a medical error during labor, delivery or pregnancy

The most common birth related injury is cerebral palsy, which develops after a newborn has been deprived of oxygen while the mother was going through labor. Other birthing injuries include nerve damage and spinal cord injuries. 

Moreover, another common birthing error is when a doctor fails to perform a c-section when necessary, resulting in the mother or child sustaining preventable injuries. 

3. Anesthesia Errors

It might be difficult to believe, but oftentimes anesthesia errors can cause significant injuries or even death. For example, many anesthesia errors have been linked to permanent injuries like brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and nerve injuries. 

Common anesthesia errors include improperly monitoring a patient’s vital signs during surgery and failing to review a patient’s medical history. Additionally, other anesthesia errors are failing to maintain a patient’s blood pressure and allowing a patient to become oxygen-deprived. 

4. Failures Preventing Or Treating Infections

Hospitals might have strict protocols in place to try and prevent patients from developing infections, but they are not always successful. In recent years, more hospital malpractice lawsuits have been initiated because of infections that have been developed while under the care of a healthcare provider. 

There have also been many instances where patients have been ignored by their doctor, surgeon, or nurse, leading to them developing an infection. Many have also developed an infection because those administering care have failed to abide by health and safety rules or have acted negligently by not wearing the appropriate PPE. 

5. Failure To Treat 

Were you aware that failure to treat constitutes hospital malpractice? Regardless of where in America you are, failure to treat is recognized as a violation of the standard of care which a doctor, surgeon, or nurse accepts when administering care to a patient. 

It might be difficult to believe, but failure to care is one of the most common causes of hospital malpractice claims. If you don’t know what failure to care means; we have briefly listed a few of the situations that could fall into this category of hospital malpractice: 

  • When a healthcare worker fails to order appropriate medical tests. 
  • When a healthcare worker releases a patient from a hospital too soon.
  • When a healthcare worker fails to provide their patient with information surrounding follow-up care. 

Speak With A New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorney Today To Discuss Your Hospital Malpractice Lawsuit

Do you believe that you have grounds to initiate a hospital malpractice lawsuit? If so, you need to consider consulting with a New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer. You don’t need to fight your legal battles on your own, especially when you’re contending with a hospital’s legal team. 

At Varcadipane & Pinnisi, P.C., we are well versed in medical malpractice laws. That’s why we know which situations constitute hospital medical malpractice. With our legal knowledge and resources, we can help you construct a winning case. To speak with one of our attorneys to schedule a free consultation, please contact us today. 

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