What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined as improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment
of a patient by a physician, nurse, or other type of healthcare professional.
When you are receiving treatment, medical professionals owe you a duty
to provide competent care. Medical malpractice can occur through an act
of negligence, such as an operating room error during surgery or a dosage
error in a prescription medication. It can occur at any stage in the treatment
process and may involve many types of hospital workers, including doctors,
surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pharmacists or lab technicians.
Common Types of Hospital Mistakes
Some of the most common types of hospital mistakes we've seen in Michigan include:
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. A large percentage of hospital mistakes are the result of patients being
either misdiagnosed or diagnosed late, resulting in missed opportunities
for treatment that could have prevented more serious illness or injury,
or even the patient’s death.
Incorrect medications or dosages. It is estimated that approximately 1.5 million people each year are affected
by incorrect medication dosages in the U.S., either by a doctor writing
an incorrect dosage amount on a prescription, or by having an improper
amount of medication administered.
Anesthesia errors. Anesthesia errors can take many forms, such as the failure to investigate
a patient’s medical history for possible allergies or complications,
or by not informing a patient of the risks that can take place if pre-operative
instructions are not followed. Even minor errors when using anesthesia
may result in brain damage, permanent injury or death.
Errors during surgery. A multitude of errors could occur during a patient’s surgery. For
example, a surgeon could be negligent during the operation itself and
puncture a vital organ, or the operating staff could make a mistake during
or after the actual procedure, resulting in infection or other serious
Failure to timely respond to emergency treatment. Failing to respond in a timely manner to emergency treatment is also a
common hospital mistake that could result in further injury, or even unnecessary death.
Performance of unnecessary procedures. The performance of unnecessary procedures is another serious hospital
mistake. In addition to the physical pain and suffering that unnecessary
medical procedures can cause, these situations are also financially costly.
Take the Next Step with Our Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer at Your Side
Proving medical malpractice in Michigan is challenging and requires an
attorney familiar with hospital mistake claims. Goodman Acker P.C. is
the firm you need. We’ve handled countless medical malpractice claims
in the Detroit metro area — and we can help you too. Because medical
malpractice cases have strict time limits for filing legal claims, it
is important to move forward with your case as soon as you believe malpractice