When Georgia residents need health care, they want to know that they can trust their doctor. Even so, medical malpractice does occur and can lead to more serious injury or even death. Knowing what the most common types of malpractice are is one of the best ways for people to avoid becoming a victim.

One thing that frequently happens is misdiagnosis. Doctors may diagnose patients with one condition when they actually have another. They may also fail to pinpoint a very serious medical condition such as cancer. Medication and anesthesia errors are another form of medical malpractice. Physicians may prescribe medications that negatively interact with other drugs a patient is taking or give patients too high a dose. Giving the wrong type or amount of anesthesia during surgery could render a procedure ineffective and cause serious side effects such as brain injuries.

Surgical errors happen when doctors perform the wrong procedure or operate on the wrong body part. Doctors have even done surgery on the wrong patient. Birth errors, on the other hand, may be related to a surgical procedure such as a Cesarean section. Errors happen when there is a complication during delivery and the right steps are not taken to minimize trauma to the newborn.

All these forms of medical malpractice have one thing in common, and that is the potential for additional pain and suffering. In many cases, that suffering may continue for years. People may realize something is wrong, yet not know what it is or how to fix it.

Those who have experienced one of the above may wish to speak with a medical malpractice attorney to find out what their rights are. A knowledgeable lawyer may help with proving negligence and ensuring that all statutes of limitations are met.