types of medical negligenceDid you know there are different types of medical malpractice? There are at least six. This is because doctors can, and often do, make lots of different types of errors. Over the years, personal injury law has adapted to cover these errors, meaning more victims are able to hold their reckless or negligent doctors accountable.

You may be able to recover compensation if you or a loved one were injured by a medical professional during an appointment or procedure. Depending on the facts of your case, you could pursue a claim for misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, failure to treat, or another type of medical negligence. 

Keep reading to learn about different types of medical negligence and how you can pursue compensation for your injuries.



Misdiagnosis occurs when a physician tells a patient they have a condition that they don’t have. Rare conditions like progeria are commonly misdiagnosed simply because there’s not a lot of information available. 

This makes misdiagnosis of more common conditions even more deplorable – with all the information and diagnostic procedures available to medical professionals for many illnesses, there’s no excuse for doctors to misdiagnose common conditions.

But misdiagnose they do, often for the same condition. According to a study exploring the extent to which misdiagnosis is responsible for annual deaths in the U.S., three conditions were responsible for three-fourths of all “serious harm”: cancer, infection, and vascular events (heart attack and stroke). 

These are all serious conditions that can be fatal if left untreated. A misdiagnosis can prevent patients from seeking proper care for months – sometimes for years.


Delayed Diagnosis

Delayed diagnosis is similar to misdiagnosis, but instead of diagnosing the wrong condition, the doctor diagnoses it later than another doctor with similar expertise would have done. Diagnosis is arguably the most important part of healing – a patient needs to know what they have before receiving actual treatment.

Unfortunately, many medical professionals have such demanding schedules that they are unable to provide proper medical treatment. This leaves patients without a diagnosis, and therefore, without an effective way to treat their condition.

Even in more “mild” cases, a late diagnosis can significantly disrupt a patient’s ability to recover.

You may have a viable case if you or a loved one believe the doctor waited too long to diagnose you. Contact our medical malpractice lawyers on Long Island to find out how we can hold the doctor accountable and get you compensation to pay for proper treatment.


Surgical Error

Surgical errors are possibly the most frightening type of malpractice. We trust that surgeons are well-trained and knowledgeable enough to perform a surgery without making a mistake, but unfortunately, errors are commonplace in this type of procedure.

Negligent or reckless errors during surgery often require additional surgeries and could result in infection, sepsis (a deadly infection where bacteria spread through the body via the blood), immune system failure, and even death.

More sobering is the fact that countless mistakes can be made during surgery. The most common include: 

  • Unintentional laceration – The surgeon cuts an organ or artery, causing the contents to leak into the body cavity or bleed in the surrounding tissues.
  • Wrong-site surgery- The surgery is performed on the wrong side or part of the body.
  • Foreign object left in a patient – The surgeon leaves gauze, a sponge, or another medical tool inside the patient’s body. 

Each of these mistakes can cause infection, septic shock, and death.


Anesthesia Error

Because anesthetics are so powerful and risky, a special doctor known as an anesthesiologist must administer the medication and closely monitor its effects on their patient.

“Close monitoring” involves taking a full patient history complete with the patient’s medical history, medications, allergies, and the time constraints of the operation. All of this information is crucial in administering the right type and amount of anesthesia. If performed incorrectly or haphazardly, a patient may never wake up from the procedure, or they may suffer serious brain damage or other harmful outcome.

Anesthesia error can occur during the pre-operation medical history review or during the operation itself.


Birth Injury

Childbirth can be an unpleasant experience for all involved, but the situation can turn dangerous or even fatal if a mistake is made by a doctor, nurse, or other provider before or during the birth.

An expecting mother should visit her doctor for regular checkups. During these exams, the doctor will make sure the mother and baby are healthy and that the baby is in a proper birth position and is not suffering from a lack of vitamins or nutrients. 

It’s not uncommon for doctors to miss a problem with the baby or with the mother. Blood clots and heart problems are two conditions that a doctor may overlook in a mother, causing her and her unborn baby to suffer.

Injuries can occur during the birth itself and include: 

  • Failing to perform a C-section in the event of fetal distress.
  • Misusing extraction tools like forceps or suction tools.
  • Complications with induced labor can all cause the baby or their mother lasting injury or even death.

If you or a loved one’s baby suffered injuries before or during birth, you may have a viable birth injury case. Call Carner & DeVita today to learn about your legal options.


Help for All Types of Medical Negligence

Doctors take an oath to treat their patients to the best of their ability and not to do them any harm. Unfortunately, some medical professionals make their patient’s problems much worse.

Medical error has no place in the modern world. Doctors who make reckless or negligent mistakes should be held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one believe you were the victim of medical malpractice, call one of our dedicated attorneys at (631) 543-7070 today. 

We’ll work hard to get you the compensation you need to pay for treatment and move forward.