Allied Healthcare Exposures: Popular Lawsuits

Posted on: October 29, 2015 by Huntersure

The allied healthcare industry is undoubtedly diverse. As these facilities range greatly, with each requiring specific skill sets and experience, allied health professionals are subjected to a broad scope of exposures. In order to mitigate the potential loss and litigation fees that can damage a business and a reputation, your clients should be well equipped with Allied Healthcare Professional Liability. The following lawsuits are most common among these healthcare providers.

Delayed and Misdiagnosis- Many complaints from healthcare professionals stem from this issue. Although a delay in diagnosis might be necessary to perform medical tests, proper medical treatment might be immediately required by the patient. According to Nolo, when a healthcare professional misdiagnoses a condition or fails to diagnose a serious disease for some time, the patient might miss treatment opportunities that could have prevented serious harm or even death.

Medication Errors- According to a 2006 study, medication errors adversely affect 1.5 million people each year in the United States alone. Unfortunately, errors in prescribing and administering the medication can lead to hefty lawsuits. This includes administering the wrong medication to treat misdiagnosed symptoms or giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient, as well.

Anesthesia Mistakes- These critical errors can be devastating to a patient. As overdosing, even by a fractional amount, can lead to permanent and severe damage, malpractice suits for these professionals are serious. These errors include failure to investigate patient’s medical history, giving too much anesthesia, failing to monitor the patient’s vital signs, and using defective equipment, according to Nolo.

Surgical Blunders- Negligence during operations or post-operative care is the most commonly faced lawsuit for surgeons.

At Huntersure, we strive to protect your clients from these risks and more with comprehensive coverage for their operations. We have a unique understanding of the industry and the inherent risks that are associated with it. To learn more about our solutions, contact us today at (855) 585-6255.

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