3 Signs of Medical Negligence

Are you worried about medical negligence? There are three important signs to watch for when you receive medical care.

Many medical malpractice lawsuits begin after something catastrophic happens, such as a permanent disability or even a death as the result of negligence. In some cases, the consequences of medical negligence are quite severe, while in other cases the side effects are temporary. Regardless of how "bad" a medical negligence case is, it's important that you understand what constitutes medical malpractice and negligence. Malpractice can look different with different patients and situations. It can range from prescription errors to serious surgical mistakes. When you're ready to start your case, make sure you understand these three important signs that could indicate medical malpractice is at play.

1. Surgical errors

When you go to the hospital for surgery, you want to know that you're being properly cared for. It's important that you receive appropriate care from trained medical professionals. Unfortunately, sometimes surgical mistakes occur. This could include having surgery on the wrong part of your body or even an instrument being left behind. Surgical errors can also include the administration of the incorrect medicine while you are unconscious.

2. Unnecessary surgery

Patients have surgery every day. In fact, an estimated 48 million surgeries are performed in the United States each year (see references). It's important to understand that sometimes, a surgery may be performed that does not solve a medical problem or that is not actually medically necessary. Not all of these surgeries are considered to be malpractice; however, if you suffer severe consequences and side effects from an unnecessary surgery, this could be considered medical neglect.

3. Incorrect diagnosis

Did your doctor misdiagnose you? When you visit a physician, you're looking for answers to your health problems. You want to know you're being taken care of. You want the doctor to pay attention to your needs and to carefully help you solve the problem. What you don't need is to be diagnosed with the wrong disease, illness, or problem. If you are incorrectly diagnosed and this leads to complications, make sure you talk with your attorney about medical negligence. Sometimes an incorrect diagnosis is the fault of the attending physician, while other times the laboratory technician or nurse could be the person responsible for an incorrect diagnosis.

Before you can file a lawsuit, you will need to meet with your attorney to discuss the case. Together, the two of you will need to be able to prove that there was a relationship between you and the doctor, that the physician was negligent, and that you were personally injured due to the negligence. If you are seeking an attorney's guidance on behalf of a deceased relative, keep in mind that you will need to act quickly due to the statute of limitations. If you wait too long to file a medical negligence case, even an experienced attorney may not be able to help you. This is because each state limits the amount of time you have to report malpractice. When you're ready to move forward with your medical negligence case, reach out to an experience lawyer who can help you.

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