What Are the Potential Causes of Medical Malpractice?

doctor prescribing drugsMedical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, making it an epidemic in terms of national health care and patient safety. Some acts are even called “never events” because they should never happen.

Unfortunately, errors in diagnosis, treatment and management can and do occur with frequency; when these errors occur, it is the patient who is left dealing with the complications. Understanding the potential causes of medical malpractice can help the patients and their family members learn why they or their loved ones were injured in the course of medical treatment. .

Inexperienced Medical Professionals

In today’s insurance and business-driven health care system, inexperienced medical professionals are given the responsibility to manage patient care, either without proper supervision or in a setting that the laws and hospital policies do not permit. An example would be midwives continuing to manage a woman in labor when the fetus is showing distress, and the obstetrician not coming in to assume the management of the patient.

Issues such as this are becoming more and more common due to the “business of medicine”, and is an increasingly concerning source of patient injuries,

Understaffed Medical Facilities

There’s no telling the influx in a hospital or emergency room. Accidents and illnesses can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. Because of this, hospitals need to be properly staffed regardless of how many patients come in.

Having an understaffed facility may mean doctors are rushing through procedures, miss a specific symptom, or even order the wrong tests for their patients. This leads to serious problems that can cause harm to a patient who may not receive the correct treatment.

System Errors

If a hospital has a flawed system for communication, transfers, and medical records, there may be a problem with the information given from one department to the next. This could lead to surgical errors or anesthesia errors that could cause significant harm to the patient.

Our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at The Beasley Firm are dedicated to helping victims of medical negligence hold the responsible party accountable for the damages they have caused. As such, we’re ready to stand by your side and help you seek justice.

If you’ve suffered an injury or had a condition worsen as a result of negligence, you may be eligible to seek compensation and justice. We’re the team to help you do it.

Call us today at (215) 866-2424 to learn how we may be able to help.