Types of Medical Malpractice


Medical malpractice is a unique personal injury claim. When you go to the doctor or receive a medical procedure, you expect that your physician will treat you with care and warn you of any complications that may occur. If you suffer from an illness or injury because your doctor didn’t provide you with the standard of care you deserve, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

To obtain a medical malpractice settlement, you must prove that your doctor was negligent in their actions and that their negligence directly caused your injury. There are many types of medical malpractice that can occur, with some being more common than others. 

Delayed Diagnosis

Delayed diagnosis is one of the most common types of medical malpractice. If you go to your doctor with symptoms and your doctor doesn’t diagnose your illness or injury, your illness or injury may develop severe complications. Delayed diagnoses can lead to irreparable consequences and sometimes death. It’s possible to hold your doctor responsible for their negligence in delaying to diagnose you. 


Doctors often misdiagnose patients, which can lead to more significant injuries. For example, if you go to the doctor with pneumonia and they treat you for the common cold, your pneumonia can get progressively worse. Alternatively, if you’re treated with dangerous medications for an illness you don’t have, the medications can cause complications and health issues. It’s important for doctors to diagnose you correctly, so they don’t cause harm or delay treatment for the underlying cause of your symptoms. 

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors happen far more often than they should due to doctors being negligent. Doctors may leave a piece of equipment inside a patient, they may perform the wrong surgery on a patient, they may perform the surgery on the wrong body part, or they may damage organs or tissue during surgery. Any surgical error that results in injury or illness can warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Hospital Infections

Hospital infections can occur if hospital staff are negligent and don’t keep the area sterile. If you experienced an infection after being in a hospital, it’s possible to sue the hospital for your injury or illness. 

Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can result because of umbilical cord complications, lack of oxygen to the baby, using excessive force during birth, or complications during a C-section. If your baby suffered from an injury during birth, you should investigate the incident to determine whether you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Suffering an injury as a result of medical malpractice can be devastating. An attorney can use their experience to help you navigate the claims process.

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