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Common Types of Medical Malpractice

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When a medical professional is negligent, the ramifications for patients can result in serious injury and even death. Medical malpractice is when a health provider has acted negligently, resulting in injury or harm to the patient. For medical negligence victims, it is important to understand what is needed to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

First and foremost, the victim and their attorney must be able to prove the negligent actions of the medical professional directly caused the injuries suffered. In medical malpractice cases, the legal process can be long and complicated. In order to ensure your family is awarded the financial compensation you deserve, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney

Medical Malpractice Claims

Around 1 million Americans are victims of medical malpractice each year. Here are some of the most common forms of medical malpractice in the U.S.:

Surgical Error 

When a person comes to a hospital for surgery, they expect the medical facility and operating surgeon to handle the procedure with care and attention. Staff must provide the surgeon with accurate information on the patient’s condition, the anesthesiologist must give the patient a proper dosage, and the surgeon is required to act with extreme precision. Unfortunately, this does not always occur.


Misdiagnosis is the failure to properly identify a patient’s condition. When a patient is misdiagnosed by a physician, the ramifications can be life-threatening. For example, if a doctor believes a patient is only suffering from flu-like symptoms and provides them with basic flu medication, when in reality, the patient is suffering from Lyme disease. With serious health problems, successful treatment often depends on catching the issue quickly. Misdiagnosis can cost a patient valuable time, and sometimes, their life. 

Nursing Home Abuse

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), as many as 5 million elderly Americans face some form of abuse each year. Physical abuse can result in bruises, abrasions, and even bone fractures. In instances of emotional abuse, an elderly person can suffer from self-esteem issues, depression, and heavy anxiety. Nursing home neglect is also a form of medical malpractice, which occurs when an assisted-living facility fails to aid a resident as needed. If you believe your loved one is being abused or neglected, contact a lawyer immediately. 

Contact a Waukegan Medical Malpractice Lawyer

At Salvi and Maher, LLC, we fight for maximum compensation for victims of medical error and neglect. We have secured more than $200 million for our clients. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Lake County medical malpractice attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 





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