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What Are The Most Common Types Of Medical Malpractice Claims?

If you are a fan of some of the more popular television shows revolving around the lives of doctors and their work in the hospital, you may think that the most common type of medical malpractice occurs from the events that happen in the operating room during a surgery. It might surprise you to learn, however, that this isn’t exactly the case.

Instead, a July 2013 medical study that was published in BMJ Open found that the most common type of medical malpractice claim is generally filed because of a missed diagnoses. Interestingly, heart attacks and cancer were reported as the most common type of ailments that are overlooked in adults, while cancer and meningitis are the most common type of ailments that are missed in children. Other types of common diagnoses that are sometime more commonly missed include bone fractures, appendicitis and ectopic pregnancy. Sadly, the death of a patient is considered the most common consequence as a result of a missed diagnoses.

In addition to missed diagnoses, the second most common type of malpractice claims typically result from drug errors. Depending on which researcher you choose to listen to, CBS News states that drug errors are the second reason for the filing of medical malpractice claims, with an error rate of between 6 and 20 percent. The drugs most commonly noted in malpractice claims range from steroid preparations and antidepressants to anticoagulants, anti-psychotics and even antibiotics.

Individuals who have lost a loved one due to a fatal medical error, such as a missed diagnoses or a drug error may find it beneficial to learn more about their potential ability to receive compensation for their loss.

Source: CBS News, “Most common medical malpractice claims for missed cancer, heart attacks,” Ryan Jaslow, May. 11, 2015


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