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Medical malpractice is not limited to surgical mistakes

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | Medical Malpractice |

Medical malpractice is a serious issue that affects patients across various healthcare settings. While surgical mistakes may be the first thing that comes to mind, those undergoing treatment should recognize that medical malpractice encompasses a wide range of errors. Many of these extend beyond the operating room.

From misdiagnoses to medication errors, patients can be at risk of harm in various aspects of their medical care. Learning more about harmful situations can help you protect yourself against negligence.


One prevalent form of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis. This occurs when healthcare professionals fail to accurately identify a patient’s condition. The consequences of this simple mistake can be severe. A delayed or incorrect diagnosis can lead to delayed treatment, allowing the actual illness to progress unchecked.

Medication errors

Another area where medical malpractice occurs is in medication management. Administering the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage can have detrimental effects on a patient’s health. These errors may stem from inadequate communication among healthcare providers. Misinterpretation of prescription orders and simple oversight can also be to blame.

Inadequate communication

Effective communication among healthcare providers is essential for patient safety. Failure to convey vital information regarding a patient’s medical history, allergies or ongoing treatments can lead to serious harm. Poor communication can result in unnecessary tests, incorrect medications or other severe errors.

Negligent monitoring

Even after diagnosis and treatment, negligence in monitoring can contribute to medical malpractice. Inadequate supervision of a patient’s condition, especially after surgery or during recovery, may lead to avoidable complications.

Studies suggest that more than 4,000 surgical errors occur each year in the United States, but these are not the only types of malpractice to be aware of. Malpractice can take many forms, any of which can be devastating or even deadly.

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