Medical Mistakes That Constitute Negligence
In today’s society, doctors often represent the highest level of professional trust and confidence. However, like everyone else, doctors are merely human beings, and thus, are capable of making mistakes. Sometimes, the medical mistakes
that doctors make lead to disastrous consequences. In cases like these, the mistake can sometimes be considered as negligence, and the patient has the right to sue the doctor to receive compensation. Deciding what cases constitute malpractice or involve acts of medical negligence can be complicated. However, some of the most common mistakes that lead to a successful malpractice case are misdiagnosis, childbirth injuries, and medication errors.
The most easily understood mistake that a doctor can make is to simply misdiagnose a patient, or fail to diagnose a condition for a length of time. Sometimes, this delay in receiving treatment, or improper treatment for the wrong condition, can lead to harm or death. To prove medical malpractice in a misdiagnosis case, it must be shown that another competent doctor would not have made the same mistake.
Two main categories define the types of medical negligence that can occur to pregnant mothers or their children: negligent prenatal care and negligence that occurs during childbirth. During the months leading up to childbirth, the mother must be under close watch for certain medical conditions that can harm her or her child. Failure to diagnose these conditions can have serious consequences. During childbirth, the failure of a doctor to notice signs that the baby is in danger can lead to serious and lifelong injuries.
Another very common source of malpractice lawsuits is errors in medications or medication levels. Almost 1.5 million people in the United States each year are harmed by medication errors alone. There are many reasons why medication errors may occur: the doctor may prescribe the wrong medicine, or the hospital may dispense the wrong one. Usually, the error occurs when the wrong dose of a particular medication is administered, causing unintended side effects or problems.
What to do
If you think you have been the victim of negligence, it is essential that you hire an experienced lawyer to help you through the process. The laws governing malpractice cases are very complicated, and difficult to navigate on one’s own. Remember, just because you are not happy with the outcome of your case does not mean that malpractice occurred, but if it did, hiring an attorney can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Call 210-828-6033 today
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