Does heading to the doctor’s office make you nervous? You may have reason to be apprehensive. Fortunately, most medical professionals do their best to help patients and take caution to provide specialized care for each individual; sometimes, things go wrong.

Medical professionals have such crucial job duties that they must be cautious with every action they take. If a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or other medical personnel makes a mistake, it could affect a patient for the rest of their life. In some cases, it could even end a patient’s life.

Here are the most common errors made by medical professionals:

  1. Misdiagnosis. Being misdiagnosed or not diagnosed immediately is the most common medical malpractice claim. A patient must prove that they received a misdiagnosis due to negligence.
  2. Congenital disabilities. There are many issues that could arise during pregnancy and childbirth that lead to cerebral palsy, seizures, or worse for the baby, and blood loss or death for the mother. OB/GYNs and surgeons are the most often sued medical professionals.
  3. Surgical errors. Surgery is so invasive. The surgeon must be alert and careful not to puncture an organ, remove the wrong appendage or make other errors. Surgeons are often sued, but the patient does not always win.
  4. Anesthesia. The wrong dosage of anesthesia is less common than the above medical errors, but it often has more severe consequences. In many cases, a miscalculation leads to permanent injury or death.
  5. Prescription errors. A person may receive the incorrect dosage of medicine or the wrong medication. Between 7,000 and 9,000 patients die every year in the U.S. because of medication errors.

Medical errors are common. One website equips patients with emergency room wait times, patient reviews, quality care measures, emergency room violations and more for hospitals around the country. It may be useful for all patients, especially those who are apprehensive about receiving medical care.

If you or your loved one has suffered from a medical professional’s careless actions, you may seek compensation. Although compensation may not be able to fix the damage, it may help you get your life back on track.