A medical malpractice lawsuit
typically involves a patient who is injured by a doctor, nurse, or some other healthcare provider, or who is injured while at a hospital or doctor’s office.
Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- A doctor prescribing the wrong type or amount of medicine;
- If a doctor improperly delays treatment and the delay causes harm;
- Misdiagnosis or missing a diagnosis that the doctor should have recognized based on the patient’s symptoms;
- Cutting something like a blood vessel, nerve, or other internal body part that should not have been cut during a surgery;
- Performing surgery on the wrong body part or the wrong side of a patient’s body;
- Leaving sponge, gauze, or surgical instruments in a patient’s body after the completion of the surgical procedure;
- Failing to follow the doctor’s or hospital’s own procedures or policies when treating a patient;
- Failing to properly hand off care between medical professionals (often this occurs between primary care providers and specialists).