Although we turn to doctors as healers, the sad truth is that medical errors are rampant in the healthcare community. Some, however, are more prevalent than others.
Whatever the case may be, if you suspect a treatment has made you ill or injured you, contact a medical malpractice law firm right away – injuries and conditions that start out small can quickly spiral out of control and a lawyer can help you determine the nature and severity of your claim.
The most common medical errors are:
- misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, which accounts for more than 40 percent of medical malpractice claims, occur when doctors hurry through examinations or conduct inadequate diagnostic procedures;
- surgery errors can involve anesthesia mistakes, improper incisions, accidental damage or surgical complications. These often result in severe medical issues and can require time-intensive, costly post-operation care;
- in some cases, doctors fail to treat conditions from which a patient is suffering and make the mistake of discharging them from medical care too early or neglecting to follow up. In other cases, a healthcare provider may fail to recommend the patient to the appropriate specialist for additional, acute treatment; and
- prescription drug errors are another area of concern for patients – the commonality of medication mistakes is due in part to the multiple steps involved, including patient diagnosis, prescribing the medication, getting the medication in the proper dosage to the patient, the manufacturing of the medication, the administration of the medication, and a plethora of other factors.