5 most common forms of medical negligence

Although medical negligence is not common, it still occurs and can cause massive complications. Being aware of the potential dangers of medical negligence will ensure you recognise any signs of malpractice early and minimise any delays in lodging your claim. In this blog, we explore the 5 most common forms of medical negligence.

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence refers to negligence that occurs in the course of medical treatment, such as during treatment by a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, dentist, pharmacist or a hospital. The length of processing a medical negligence claim can vary due to a number of factors. The rule of thumb is 12 to 18 months, but this time frame can be shorter or longer depending on the complexity of the claim. Let’s take a look at the 5 most common forms of medical negligence. 



This form of medical negligence results from a delay in diagnosis or making a wrong diagnosis. Either form of negligence can have drastic effects on the patient as it will hinder them from obtaining the appropriate treatment or worse, they might be provided the wrong treatment which may further negatively impact their health. 

If you believe you have cause for a medical negligence claim due to misdiagnosis, the medical negligence lawyers at Masselos & Co are here to assist you. The key in proving misdiagnosis is to show that a reasonable medical professional of that same specialty, under the same circumstances, would not have made that diagnosis.


Incorrect medication

Incorrect medication claims are common and this occurs when a patient is prescribed the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage of the correct medication.

Incorrect medication may be a result of nurse negligence or due to poor communication within the wider hospital staff. Whatever the case may be, you may be entitled to a claim for such medical negligence and should seek legal advice.


Surgical errors

Another form of medical negligence can arise from mistakes in operating theatres, that is, surgical errors. Examples of this type of medical negligence include:

  • Leaving surgical tools in the body
  • Inadvertently puncturing an organ 
  • Failing to provide correct post-op care 

Surgical errors can be dangerous and you should take action immediately if you think this type of error has been made. Find another doctor to assist you with the medical issue and seek legal advice from a medical negligence lawyer to protect your rights and your future wellbeing.


Prenatal care and childbirth negligence

Medical negligence with prenatal care and childbirth are even more concerning as they not only endanger the mother, they also put the life of a newborn baby in jeopardy. For instance, if a doctor fails to diagnose a birth defect, they can adversely affect the pregnancy and even result in the death or injury to the baby. 

If you are experiencing issues with your doctor or have cause to believe there was negligence in the hospital treatment you received, come and speak to our medical negligence experts.


Incorrect anaesthesia administration

Incorrectly administering anaesthesia is serious as it can cause permanent brain damage or even death. This form of medical negligence can occur as a result of a failure to take into account the patient’s medical history or failing to give the patient information on the risks before the procedure. 

There are compensation options available for incorrect anaesthesia administration. Consult our medical negligence lawyers and ensure you are compensated for your mistreatment.

Seek support for your medical negligence claim 

Medical professionals generally do the best they can with your best interests in mind. However, mishaps can occur and if you believe you have a claim for medical negligence, the legal experts at Masselos & Co are here to assist. Book your free consultation today.   

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