What Happens When Doctors Make Mistakes

Oct 19

Medical malpractice cases occur when a health care provider causes harm to a patient by acting in a way that is contrary to the accepted standards that govern their field. There are more than 15,000 medical malpractice cases brought against doctors every year. Medical malpractice can occur in the form of surgical errors, medication errors, misdiagnoses or negligence.

All surgeries are serious and involve a certain degree of risk, which is why it’s standard to sign a form acknowledging the risks involved before undergoing a surgical procedure. Surgical errors that constitute malpractice are not those which are assumed or predictable. Malpractice is committed when an error is the direct result of a doctor’s improper action.

Despite there being rigid precautionary practices in place, there are still a lot of ways that doctors make mistakes, some of which are more common than others. For instance, a doctor might perform a procedure correctly, but on the wrong patient. Similarly, a doctor might perform the correct procedure on the correct patient, but on the wrong part of that patient’s body. Doctors also sometimes leave objects, like sponges, in the patient, which can bring about serious complications. Incompetence, inexperience, fatigue, inebriation, and lack of communication are all possible reasons why a doctor might make such a mistake.

Surgical errors can and do cause serious harm and damage to patients. Toronto personal injury lawyers may point out that surgical errors can cause permanent injury to patients in 33 percent of cases, with 6.6 percent of cases resulting in death. Given the circumstances that lead to and warrant a malpractice lawsuit are often complex and vary case to case.

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