Doctor negligence is defined as a physician's failure to exercise the
level of skill, care, and prudence necessary to prevent patient
injury. Doctor negligence falls under the broader category of
medical malpractice. Too often in society we believe that doctors
are infallible and perhaps somehow superhuman. We assume that every
doctor we encounter knows everything: every condition, every
treatment, and every consequence of treatment.
We also assume that a doctor will not harm us, but rather help
remedy the malady we present. It is reasonable for us to believe
this, but the reality is that doctor negligence harms thousands of
people every year. It is estimated that approximately 180,000 people
die as a result of doctor negligence or malpractice every year.
While doctor negligence is not often intentional, it is often
Doctors must be held to a higher standard of accountability than
others because their mistakes and negligence have much greater
consequences. When under-qualified, careless, overworked, or
inexperienced physicians practice their craft, they threaten the
lives and health of innocent patients. Doctor negligence can result
in permanent injury, disability, death, and emotional and financial
devastation for the victim and their loved ones.
There are a number of situations whereby doctor negligence can cause
serious patient injury or illness. A failure to diagnose or a
misdiagnosis of a patient's condition can lead to serious damages.
This type of doctor negligence may be caused by a physician's
failure to properly identify and address a patient's signs and
symptoms, a failure to order the necessary medical tests to identify
a patient's condition, and the like.
Doctor negligence may also involve prescription and medication
errors. When a doctor fails to prescribe the right medication, at
the right dose, for the right patient, that person may suffer
serious injury. When a doctor fails to take allergies, concurrent
drug therapies, existing medical conditions, and other factors into
consideration when prescribing medication, a patient may have a
serious adverse drug reaction caused by doctor negligence. Illegible
handwriting is a form of doctor negligence that may result in
serious injury if a pharmacist then fills the wrong prescription for
Surgical error is another area of serious injury caused by doctor
negligence. Surgical errors may involve poor pre-operative planning,
lack of communication between professionals, anesthesia mistakes,
unsanitary surgical instruments or environment, mistakes in the
procedure itself, injury to area surrounding surgical site, leaving
sponges or instruments inside a patient, and wrong site surgery.
Wrong site surgery, arguably one of the most extreme types of doctor
negligence, occurs at more than fifty times a year in the United
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury, illness,
suffering, or death because of doctor negligence, please contact us
to speak with a qualified and experienced medical malpractice
attorney who can evaluate your case and protect your legal
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