When a case of medical malpractice occurs, many people believe that negative outcomes from medical treatment are a common phenomenon and can happen to anyone. However, people do not realize that there is a difference between a negative outcome of a properly conducted treatment and a negative outcome of poor treatment.

The main reason people do not file medical malpractice is that they either do not know if they have a case or do not believe they do. Assuming that you don’t have a claim can cost you later. It is important that you diagnose your condition and find out the sole reason for the mishap. A Syracuse law firm like King Law has excellent lawyers who can help you determine whether you have a medical malpractice claim and take action against the medical provider.

Common types of medical malpractice cases

  • Misdiagnosis

A doctor is supposed to tell you what is wrong with your health so that you can start your treatment early. When they fail to diagnose your condition, it can cause an existing illness in your body to grow into an advanced stage and may even cause death. For example, early diagnosis of cancer is crucial to avoid complications. A misdiagnosis takes place when you go to the doctor for a check-up, but they tell you that you do not have any illness when you actually do.

However, not all cases of misdiagnosis are medical malpractice. For example, you cannot expect an eye doctor to tell you what is wrong with your heart. 

  • Failure to treat. 

Sometimes a doctor succeeds in properly diagnosing the patient’s condition, but they fail to provide them with the standard level of treatment that is expected from healthcare providers. These situations mostly occur when a single doctor has too many patients to treat at once. In such cases, they fail to pay attention to one patient and treat them with basic care. Discharging patients too soon or failure to provide follow-up treatments constitute a failure of treatment. 

  • Birth injuries.

The birth of a baby is among the most joyful moments of a parent’s life. A mother carries their baby for nine months and goes through hours of labor, expecting their baby to come out healthy. In a birth injury case, the doctor or any other medical provider makes a mistake that causes the newborn to acquire injuries or even death. In some cases, the mother may face death as well. This often happens when a doctor fails to provide adequate prenatal care to the mother.

Health conditions resulting from birth injuries include nerve damage, fractures, developmental disorder, and paralysis.