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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jun 20, 2016

Everyday, people trust doctors and other medical professionals with their health and well-being and they assume that an experience, skilled and conscientious will provide the correct standard of care. When doctors fail to uphold their medical duty and put a patient’s life at risk they may be held responsible in a medical malpractice case. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers unnecessary harm or injuries due to negligence and this is unfortunately all too common in the medical world. There are several common reasons a medical professional may find themselves facing a medical malpractice charge.

Treating the wrong patient

A mix up in medical wrist bands, charts or any other aspect of the check in process can lead to a patient mix up. This can result in a patient undergoing an unnecessary medical procedure and may cause harm.

Leaving objects behind after surgery

Doctors leave items such as sponges and other tools inside the patient after surgery far more often than people realize. Although it should never happen, it happens a dozen times each day and can lead to serious complications for the patient.

Losing a patient

Older patients who have dementia and young children can sometimes wander off and get lost. Healthcare providers need to keep an eye on these high-risk patients because they can face a number of hazards if they aren’t given the proper attention.

Incorrect or delayed diagnosis

A correct and timely diagnosis is essential to a patient’s health and if a doctor fails to correctly diagnose a patient it can have serious reproductions for the patient.

Improper triage or delays in emergency care

Patients suffering a serious or traumatic injury need to be attended to immediately. Failure to do so can lead their injury to get much worse and proper triage can make all the difference in the patient’s life.

Failure to prevent spread of infection

Even with all the safety measures taken by hospitals and medical professionals, it is very common for patients to develop infections. These infections can be life threatening and it is a doctor’s responsibility to make sure their patients don’t contact an infection and to stop it from spreading if they do.