Types of Medical Malpractice
While we’ve made many advances in the field of medicine, there are still many things we don’t really understand and thus, things often don’t go as planned. Unfortunately, patients are often injured in situations that should be routine. Some of these injuries rise to the level of malpractice, and can be the basis for a malpractice claim. There are many types of medical malpractice.
Many malpractice cases involve medical devices. These devices can include complex, high tech gadgets or simple, single component implants.
A pacemaker, for example, is a very complex medical device. A shunt, on the other hand, is a very simple medical device. Artificial joints, such as hip replacements, fall somewhere in between. Whether the device is simple or complex, if it doesn’t work, it can result in injury.
In some cases, the device will fail to work. These cases are often brought against the device manufacturer for creating and marketing a faulty product. In cases like these, there are often many injured parties who band together to file a class action suit. It is often possible for you to join a class action suit if one already exists.
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In other cases, the device itself is not the problem; the medical professional who implanted it is. The defendant in a case like this will be the medical professional who implanted the device. Depending on where the procedure was done and by whom, your case might name as defendants the institution or group that the practitioner was part of or worked for, such as a hospital or medical group.
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Malpractice often involves prescription medication. Either the way the drug was administered or the drug itself can be the basis for a malpractice claim. When the drug itself is the cause of the injury, the case is brought against the drug manufacturer. Again, these types of cases are often class action cases.
Healthcare workers are the target of cases that involve improper administration. These cases can be about improper dosage. It can also involve administering the wrong drug to treat the patient’s injury or illness. In these cases, the plaintiff brings a case against the healthcare worker.
These are only two examples of the many different medical malpractice cases that can be brought against healthcare workers or institutions. Contact an attorney at your earliest convenience if you believe you may have a medical malpractice case. The statute of limitations in Utah only allows you two years in which to file.