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The Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims

Understanding Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice can be a catastrophic problem for the victim, depending on the circumstances. Injuries, illnesses, and even death can occur due to the negligence of medical professionals. Understanding the most common types of medical malpractice claims can help individuals protect their rights and receive the compensation they deserve. Here are some of the most common medical malpractice claims and what you need to know about them.

1. Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis can occur when a medical professional fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses a condition. This can result in delayed treatment or treatment for the wrong condition, which can lead to further complications and sometimes death. Patients are encouraged to seek a second opinion and ask questions about their diagnosis and treatment plan to prevent misdiagnosis.

2. Surgical Errors

Surgical errors may occur during any type of surgery, from minor procedures to major operations. These errors can include performing the wrong surgery, leaving instruments inside the patient's body, or operating on the wrong body part. To avoid surgical errors, patients should always ensure their surgeon is properly trained and experienced.

3. Medication Mistakes

Medication errors can occur when a medical professional prescribes the wrong medication or dosage. These errors can lead to adverse reactions and even death. Patients should always double-check their medication and dosage with their healthcare provider and pharmacist.

4. Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can occur during delivery, such as cerebral palsy or brachial plexus injuries. Medical malpractice can cause these injuries—commonly thorugh improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors. Parents should seek legal advice if they suspect that their child's birth injury was caused by medical malpractice.

5. Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia errors can occur when the wrong dose or type of anesthesia is administered or when the patient is not correctly monitored during surgery. These errors can lead to life-threatening complications, including brain damage or death. Patients should always inform their healthcare provider about any possible allergies or reactions to anesthesia.


Medical malpractice can have serious consequences, but understanding the most common types of claims can help individuals protect their rights. If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, it is crucial to seek legal advice from an experienced, qualified attorney.

Adams Law Firm has extensive experience handling medical malpractice claims and can help you receive the compensation you deserve for a medical professional's negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation.