It’s easy to put all your trust in your medical team, as you rely on these professionals to provide you with top of the line care when you need it the most. Unfortunately, there are times when they don’t live up to expectations, which, in turn, affects your health and finances in a variety of ways.
Understanding the most common forms of medical malpractice can help you avoid trouble. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for:
- Medication error: You take medication with the idea that it will improve your condition, not make it worse. However, mistakes happen for many reasons, ranging from doctors prescribing the wrong drug to pharmacies providing you with the wrong prescription.
- Misdiagnosis: With many conditions, such as cancer and heart attack, an accurate and timely diagnosis is critical to receiving the appropriate treatment without delay. Should this not happen, it can result in the advancement of the condition and even death.
- Surgical error: No one wants to undergo a surgical procedure, but if you find yourself in this position you hope that everything goes as planned. Even with safeguards in place, surgical errors often happen, which include things such as operating on the wrong site or wrong patient.
- Birth injury: Birth injuries come in many forms, with both mothers and newborns at risk. For example, common injuries to mothers include infection, excessive uterine bleeding, fissures and preeclampsia. As for newborns, common concerns include nerve damage, Cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, brain damage and skull damage.
All these forms of medical malpractice are extremely dangerous, as they have the potential to cause injury, illness or even death. And the worst part is that you can only do so much to protect yourself, as you have to put your trust in your medical team at some point.
Should you or a loved one become the victim of medical malpractice, take immediate action to protect yourself. This typically includes a consultation with another provider, as well as discussing your concerns with your doctor.
Depending on the circumstances, you may find yourself in a position to take legal action against the negligent provider.