What are the most common types of medical malpractice? 

If you or a loved one endured painful and serious complications as a result of medical care or treatment, you may have been the victim of medical malpractice. However, you may not be familiar with the nature or severity of incidents that are typically identified as medical negligence. That is why it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with circumstances under which medical professionals can be found liable for their mistakes.

According to AustinPUG.org, prescription drug errors are one of the most prevalent forms of medical malpractice every year in this country. Unfortunately, however, a large number of incidents go unidentified or unreported by victims. Everyone from pharmacists to drug manufacturers to nursing staff can make life-threatening prescription drugs mistakes.

Defective products also contribute to a large number of medical malpractice incidents. Product manufacturers can be held liable for injuries or medical complications in some cases where equipment or medical devices do not meet safety standards or do not perform correctly. 

In general, acts of professional negligence or wrongdoing are known to lead to serious injuries and death. Negligent acts include a physician failing to diagnose a medical condition or complication correctly or in time to treat it.

Mistakes made during surgery can have fatal consequences as well. And while many different types of surgical errors are considered grounds for medical malpractice, subsequent medical complications can also qualify as malpractice injuries in many cases. Remember, too, that mistakes made in the prescription and administration of anesthesia can also be considered professional negligence. 

If you have questions about your own situation, consider consulting with an attorney. Act quickly, though, because Tennessee's statute of limitations is one year from the date of injury or the discovery of the injury.

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