What Are The Different Types Of Medical Malpractice?

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Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional’s care and treatment fall below the accepted medical standard of care, and a patient is harmed as a result. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is more common than you might think, and medical negligence cases frequently go unreported.

At the Law Firm of Aaron W. Perry, PLLC, we represent patients who have suffered injuries due to negligent medical care. There are many types of medical malpractice, and all of them have the potential to lead to serious and devastating injuries. Keep reading to learn about common types of medical malpractice.


Misdiagnosis can happen when a medical professional fails to recognize the condition or disease that is causing your symptoms. Misdiagnosis also happens when a medical professional incorrectly attributes your symptoms to a disease or condition that you do not actually have.

Delayed Diagnosis

A delayed diagnosis occurs when the cause of your symptoms is not initially recognized and diagnosed by your medical provider. If you are not accurately diagnosed until a later date, you may suffer injuries due to a delay in undergoing appropriate and necessary medical treatment.

Failure To Treat

Even when you are properly diagnosed, sometimes medical professionals will fail to treat your medical condition appropriately. A failure to treat can lead to the worsening of your condition, and sometimes it can cause further complications and irreversible damage.

Unnecessary Treatment

A misdiagnosis or a doctor’s error in judgment can lead to unnecessary medical treatments. Patients can undergo trauma related to surgeries or other invasive procedures that they did not need to have in the first place. Unnecessary treatments can sometimes lead to additional complications and injuries, as well.

Anesthesia Error

Anesthesia errors can have severe and devastating consequences, including brain damage, death, and other injuries. Dosage mistakes, failure to control IV flow rate, and documentation mistakes are common causes of anesthesia errors.

Surgical Error

Every surgery comes with injury risks, but some injuries are the result of mistakes made during surgery. Common surgical errors include operating on the wrong site, performing an incorrect operation or procedure, punctures, and lacerations, and leaving a medical instrument or sponge in your body.

Pregnancy And Childbirth Injuries

Pregnancy and childbirth injuries are often caused by failing to monitor or recognize symptoms of distress and other problems with mother and baby. Mistakes made during pregnancy and childbirth can have tragic results, such as permanent injuries and death.

Houston Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical injuries and mistakes are sometimes, but not always, the result of medical malpractice. It is often hard for patients and their family members to know whether or not their injuries were caused by medical negligence, which is why so many medical malpractice cases go unreported.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries that you suspect were caused by a medical professional’s negligence, Houston medical malpractice attorney Aaron W. Perry can help. Contact our office at 713-393-7788 or online to schedule a consultation. Follow us on Facebook for more information about our law firm and our practice areas.