Types of Malpractice
The concept of medical malpractice negligence is very broad and encompasses
virtually every kind of mistake that could be made by a medical professional.
The most common cases brought against doctors are:
Errors in prenatal
Improperly prescribing a drug
Below standard treatment
Failure to Diagnose
Failure to Advise of Diagnosis
Lack of informed consent
Failing to inform the patient of available treatments
Continuing a treatment that has been shown to be ineffective.
A doctor has a duty to you to use care and diligence to diagnose your illness so
that the proper treatment can be recommended. In order to properly diagnose a
condition, a doctor should ask about a patient�s medical history as well as his
or her family's medical history. The doctor also should ask for a detailed
description of current symptoms and should perform a thorough examination which
includes necessary diagnostic tests.
Example: After hurting your wrist you go to your family doctor, but he
concludes it is just a sprain and doesn't request an X-ray, which would have
revealed a fracture. The fracture goes undetected and, as a result, a permanent
and debilitating injury to your wrist results. The doctor may be negligent for
failing to order an X-ray, or possibly for not referring you to an orthopedist.
Doctors also have a duty
to disclose information pertaining to the treatment you will receive. If
your condition is such that it is beyond the scope of practice of the examining
doctor, or beyond the doctor�s expertise, he or she must refer you to a
specialist. If your doctor fails to follow these basic principles, and injury
is caused as a result, you may have a case for a malpractice claim. Medical
malpractice can occur at any point in the diagnosis and treatment course. For
example, the wrong chart could be placed at your hospital bedside, resulting in
you being given medication that you are allergic to that causes serious harm or
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of possible medical
malpractice, call Buchanan & Buchanan, P.L.C. now at (616) 458-2464 or Toll Free: (800) 272-4080
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CASE FORM. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to
accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get
paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds.
Don�t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your
injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.