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Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice claims stem from negligence by a medical professional that results in harm to a patient. There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to medical malpractice, but at the most basic level, you must know what the most common types of malpractice claims are to understand whether or not you have a case. Medical malpractice can have a significant impact on quality of life, so understanding your options and the process is the best way to protect yourself and get the compensation you deserve.

Here are some of the most common types of medical malpractice claims.


A misdiagnosis can take shape in a wrong diagnosis or a failure to diagnose. According to studies, misdiagnosis is the most common type of physician error. A misdiagnosis can have severe consequences and in some cases, may lead to death.

In these cases, it is necessary to prove that a doctor should have made a different diagnosis and that a correct diagnosis would have lead to a better treatment plan.

Medication Errors

The administration and prescription of medication is a complex ecosystem. There is a myriad of errors that can occur, from administering the wrong amount of a medication to administering the wrong medication. Due to the sometimes long chain of healthcare providers that take part in a medication chain, there is always the chance of misreading the prescription, which can lead to significant problems.

The wrong medication or the wrong amount of a medication is a serious error and one that can lead to a medical malpractice claim.

Surgical Errors

Even in the most common surgical procedures, there is always the possibility of an error. Some common surgical errors include anesthesia related negligence, damaging a nerve and failing to control bleeding. There are also a host of procedural steps that must be taken during surgery and failure to follow these can result in a serious injury.

When you go to a medical facility, you expect to be getting advice or treatment from a medical professional. Like every other profession, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, etc. make mistakes. When they do, the consequences can be devastating and if you’ve been affected by a medical error, you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact the trusted medical malpractice firm of Hayhurst Law today if you believe you have a medical malpractice claim.