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Common Examples of Medical Negligence

When a patient suffers harm in the course of medical treatment, or gets worse instead of better, this does not necessarily mean he or she has grounds for a medical negligence lawsuit. The key issue is whether the doctor failed to provide the accepted standard of care to the patient, and if this negligent conduct resulted in direct harm to the patient.

While negligence is an essential ingredient of all personal injury lawsuits, it is especially difficult to pinpoint and prove when it comes to medical malpractice cases. Since modern medicine is very complex, well-respected medical experts are often asked to review the facts of a Hawaii medical negligence cases to determine if the claims have merit.

At Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, Attorneys at Law, our experienced legal team has access to a wide range of medical experts who help us build successful malpractice cases.

Misdiagnosis and mistreatment

The following are common medical negligence examples that could warrant a medical negligence lawsuit:

  • Failure to properly test for cancer or diagnose it, especially at a treatable stage
  • Misdiagnosis of a life-threatening condition, such as DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), where a blood clot in the leg leads to a pulmonary embolism and death of the patient
  • Failure to properly diagnose an emergency condition, such as appendicitis, causing the patient to go into shock and die
  • Undiagnosed heart disease where the ER doctor misses signs of an impending heart attack and the patient suffers a massive heart attack and dies
  • Mistakes in the delivery room during childbirth that result in harm, such as brain damage to the newborn
  • Administration of the wrong medicine or the wrong dosage to a patient that results in harm

Surgical mishaps

The operating room is also the site of many examples of Hawaii medical negligence, including the following:

  • Operating on the wrong patient or body part
  • Damaging healthy organs during surgery
  • Leaving a sponge or surgical instrument inside the patient
  • Inadequate disinfection of surgical instruments causing an infection
  • Improper amounts or administration of anesthesia prior to surgery resulting in harm, such as permanent brain damage

If serious disabilities or death result from these or other forms of negligence, victims should consult an attorney to determine if their medical negligence lawsuit has merit.

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If you need to consult a medical malpractice lawyer in Hawaii, please contact Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, Attorneys at Law for a free case evaluation.


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