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Wrong-site surgery: more common than one might think

A type of medical malpractice that is a big newsmaker is what is commonly referred to as "wrong-site" surgery. More specifically, these types of medical mistakes are called WSPEs, so as to refer to the fact that wrong-site surgeries can also refer to surgical procedures done on the wrong patient and incorrect procedures done on the right patient.

Types of medication errors that doctors can make

Prescribing drugs to treat illnesses and other medical conditions is an important and serious business, which is why Georgia residents and people around the country entrust that task to doctors and other medical professionals who are trained and properly qualified to do so. Giving someone the wrong medicine, the wrong does of a medicine, or even a medicine that would be fine, but for a patient's drug allergy or the other medications that patient is taking, can all lead to a patient's experiencing serious and even severe medical complications. In the worst cases, patients may even die because of a medication error.

The importance of informed consent in med mal cases

As this blog has discussed previously, patients both in Georgia and across the country have the right to expect that their doctors will diagnose them correctly and promptly and will administer all surgeries and other treatments correctly. If a doctor fails in this obligation and injures a patient as a result, then the doctor can be held financially accountable via a medical malpractice case.

What is the time limit on medical malpractice claims?

Medical professionals are supposed to be there to make those who are sick and injured better. In most cases, doctors, nurses and hospital staff in Georgia do just that, creating an environment in which a person can heal, whether through medication, surgical intervention or other medical processes. However, it is an unfortunate fact that healthcare professionals are human too, and sometimes they make mistakes. The problem is that when these mistakes occur patients' health can be seriously compromised, and their lives may even be put at risk.

Don't navigate the medical malpractice process alone

Each and every day, countless patients pour into hospitals and emergency rooms to have medical procedures performed. Going into these types of situations involves a tremendous amount of trust. After all, people are putting their lives in the hands of the medical staff. Thankfully, most of these instances go without error. This trust, however, is sometimes betrayed, leading to tragic mistakes and that catastrophically impact lives.

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