3 Signs You Might Have Grounds for a Medical Malpractice Claim
When you experience health issues, it’s reasonable to assume your condition will improve upon seeking medical care. But if your condition deteriorates or fails to recover despite undergoing treatment, the reason could be that your medical provider failed to use the most widely accepted standards of care.
Here are some of the most common signs that you were a victim of medical malpractice:
1. Your Treatment Was Unsuccessful
Just because your treatment was unsuccessful does not mean your provider was negligent. Your attorney can review the facts of your case and conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether medical malpractice may have occurred.
Many failed medical interventions can be traced back to diagnostic errors, which happen far more often than many patients realize. According to one researcher who studied clinical decision making, up to 15 percent of diagnoses are incorrect.
Naturally, your condition is unlikely to improve if you were misdiagnosed. Because certain conditions manifest the same symptoms or no symptoms at all, and some conditions are incredibly rare, physicians are not expected to diagnose 100 percent of their patients correctly; however, they have a duty to take reasonable steps to deliver the most accurate diagnoses possible.
If a particular treatment isn’t working, doctors must take reasonable steps to determine why. This might include performing additional tests. When a provider is negligent during diagnosis and this results in damages, the patient may have grounds for medical malpractice claim.
2. You Developed a Severe Infection
A foreign object is left inside a patient during about 1,500 surgical procedures each year. Most often left behind are sponges and surgical instruments. This can result in severe infection. There are many other ways that medical negligence can lead to infection, such as when a healthcare provider overlooks the symptoms of infection for fails to properly sanitize surgical instruments. In a hospital setting, serious infections such as sepsis can be fatal.
3. You Suffered Medication-Related Complications
Every drug on the market has the potential to cause side effects. If you experienced major complications after taking your medication as prescribed, though, it could be because you received the wrong drug or dosage, or due to some other medication error.
Pharmaceutical errors are fairly common. Physicians may prescribe the wrong drug or pharmacists may dispense the wrong drug or dosage. Your lawyer can investigate your case to find out if a medication mistake might have contributed to your condition.
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If you think you were the victim of medical malpractice, contact LoTempio P.C. Law Group to determine the most strategic way to proceed. Our attorneys have more than 200 years of combined experience in the legal field.
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