Common Types of Medical Negligence

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Medical negligence is where those who have been unreasonably impacted due to unacceptable medical errors are awarded compensation. There are many types of medical negligence with some of the most common ones below.


Birth Injury


There are, unfortunately, times when a child suffers due to medical negligence immediately after their birth. This can be due to errors prior to birth or during the birth. For example, a Mother-to-be could be given medication that has a negative impact on her child or the birth could be dealt with incorrectly by those who are supposed to be caring for the Mother and Child. There can even be instances where the immediate after-birth care is not sufficient or is handled incorrectly.


Hospital Negligence


All sorts of mistakes can happen during a hospital visit. This can be related to the condition you are in hospital with or be something else that occurs due to the visit, for example during treatment. Hospital negligence covers a wide array of areas.




There are times when there is a misdiagnosis due to negligence. This may be diagnosing the wrong condition, or even failing to diagnose anything at all. This can lead to the incorrect treatment meaning further problems can occur. Being treated for something you don’t have can have negative consequences and, obviously, so can not being treated for something you do have.


Unrequired Surgery


There have been occasions when someone has been operated on unnecessarily, either when a more simple form of treatment could have been carried out instead, or when no treatment at all was required.


Incorrect Medication


Patient’s being given the wrong medication is a fairly common problem. As well as not acting as an effective treatment it can cause other problems too. Many medicines have side effects and giving patient’s these side effects without actually helping them to improve their health is obviously not a pleasant experience.


Anaesthesia Error


Administering the wrong strength of anaesthetic can have dire consequences. An anaesthetic that is too strong has the potential to cause serious medical problems and in some cases can be fatal. If a weaker the necessary dose is administered then it won’t do the job sufficiently and the patient won’t be anaesthetised. During an operation, for example, this can lead to great pain and intense physical suffering.


Medical Products and Devices


A patient may have a negligence case if a device used by medical practitioners to treat them is faulty or doesn’t do the job it is intended to do. This is not usually the fault of the doctor or nurse (unless being misused or not maintained properly) but the fault of the manufacturer. In these cases it is the manufacturer who is responsible and may have to pay out after a negligence claim.


Dental Negligence


Dental health is part of the medical industry and negligence by dentists can mean a potential medical negligence case. This can include misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment being given, any infections contracted during treatment, and a host of other things.


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This article was published on 2012/03/29