Upon visiting a medical facility for treatment, patients in Tennessee and elsewhere expect to receive a certain standard of care. Unfortunately, things don't always go as planned, and any form of negligence that is present during the treatment of a patient could have a disastrous impact on his or her well-being. While there is a multitude of scenarios in which a person could be subjected to medical malpractice, some tend to be more prevalent than others.
One of the most common forms of negligence in a medical setting pertains to errors during the diagnosis of a patient. Diagnostic errors can lead to unnecessary paths of treatment that could do little to treat a condition, or may cause the condition to worsen over time. Medication errors are also a major concern, and should doctors prescribe a patient an improper dose of medication, or the wrong medication entirely, the results could be catastrophic.
Studies also indicate that surgical errors are another leading cause of medical malpractice claims. Errors during even a minor procedure can place a person's health at risk, and these errors could also create new medical conditions that lead to a need for additional treatment. Errors during childbirth also continue to be a major concern, and in some cases, such negligence could leave a child with long-term or permanent damage.
Individuals who suffer serious harm due to the negligent actions of a medical professional may wish to know more about their available options for legal recourse. For guidance on how best to approach the situation, a person in Tennessee could benefit from retaining the services of an experienced attorney. An attorney can examine the client's injuries and financial needs and assist in pursuing the restitution entitled through a medical malpractice lawsuit.