Ohio Medical Malpractice Cases and Different Types of Medical Errors October 25, 2012.

As millions of people invest in aesthetic enhancements via cosmetic (plastic) surgery, countless medical errors occur as a result of untrained or reckless doctors trying to cash in on the industry. Unfortunately, juries can be unsympathetic toward patients who’ve suffered scarring or disfigurement as a result of plastic surgery. Worse, the defense often makes the case that because the operation was elective, the plaintiff was partially responsible for his or her injuries. A malpractice attorney who specializes in these cases can help mitigate potential damage to your case.

Prescription drug errors are not only one of the most common forms of medical malpractice, they can also prove fatal. Lawsuits often stem from administration of the wrong medication or the wrong dosage.

Birth injuries, or obstetric malpractice, are prevalent in this country and may result from:

  • prescribing risky medication to the mother;
  • failing to mitigate jeopardy for a high-risk pregnancy;
  • improperly using forceps or a vacuum;
  • neglecting to monitor the baby’s condition; or
  • botching a C-section.

Another common form of medical malpractice includes diagnostic and surgical errors. Diagnostic errors generally take two forms: misdiagnosis, or providing an improper diagnosis that turns out to be incorrect and potentially harmful to the patient; and delayed diagnosis, in which the disease or condition isn’t determined until after the patient has already endured significant damage and cost as a result.

Medical malpractice is not limited to obvious errors, such as those listed above, wrong site surgery, or amputation of the wrong limb. It can affect virtually any healthcare service and can originate in any number of places, such as a radiology technician making a mistake, a pharmacist misinterpreting a doctor’s handwriting, or a physician failing to follow-up on lab results. Although these may seem like innocuous errors, they can have horrific ramifications both physically and financially.