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Types of Medical Malpractice and the Parties Who May Be Liable

The Becker Law Firm, LPA

Medical malpractice may occur in a variety of situations, from care received in an emergency room to a routine trip to the dentist. Many are surprised to learn that physicians and surgeons are not the only medical professionals who may be found to have acted negligently.

Other medical professionals expected to adhere to a certain standard of care are:

  • dentists;
  • nurses; and
  • pharmacists.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice and Liable Parties

Doctors, of course, are the people many think of as potentially liable for a medical mistake.

Doctors can be found liable for a variety of negligent actions including:

  • misdiagnosis;
  • failure to diagnose; or
  • delayed diagnosis.

Another common type of medical malpractice occurs in the operating room. Surgeons who cause organ damage or leave a sponge inside a patient are some examples.

Nurses could be liable for mistakes made with medication or improper care of a patient.

Pharmacists, meanwhile, could be named in a lawsuit if a patient is given the:

  • wrong medication;
  • inaccurate dosage; or
  • incomplete instructions.

Dentists who fail to provide adequate care during a routine visit or when performing a complex dental procedure may also be negligent.

Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and medical facilities are some of the settings in which a medical professional may act in a negligent manner. If this happens and it causes serious or fatal injuries, a claim may be filed to recover damages.

Seeking Help from a Malpractice Attorney in Cleveland

No matter the setting or who the provider is, when preventable injuries occur, it could lead to compensation. You can reach a lawyer at The Becker Law Firm by calling (440) 252-4399 or filling out our contact form. We can determine if you have a case of medical malpractice.

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