If you're hurt because of a doctor's negligence, then the doctor didn't meet his or her duty of care requirements. If negligence or errors resulted in your injury, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim and receive compensation for the suffering you've been put through.
The last thing anyone wants is for a child to be hurt during delivery. Unfortunately, some doctors and hospitals mismanage patient care, and that can lead to life-altering consequences.
According to the BMJ, medical error is the third most common cause of death in the United States. The BMJ estimates that as many as 251,000 died in 2013 from medical errors in the United States. Unfortunately, it's difficult to know for sure whether medical error is truly the third leading cause of death because medical error isn't recorded on most death certificates.
When you have to take your child to the hospital, the last thing that you want to have happen is for your child to suffer at the expense of a doctor's error. Children are vulnerable to mistakes because they can't advocate for themselves. Problems like giving a child too much of a medication or forgetting to give a child a dose is likely to go missed by a child, because they don't understand what they should be receiving and expect the doctor or nurse to do the job correctly. For parents, this can mean trying to oversee treatment plans that they don't really understand that well.
If you've ever taken a prescription medication and wondered if it was the right one, you're one of many patients who has done the same. Prescription mistakes do happen, whether it's because of a doctor prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong medication being filled by pharmacists.