When you go to the doctors when you are not feeling well you expect the issue will be taken care of. At least explained and treatment advised. If you are not properly treated, what you originally came in for might get worse and could be life-altering. Even with years of schooling and experience doctors and nurses sometimes make mistakes and could be liable for further injury. Here are the most common medical malpractice claims.
Misdiagnosis and/or Failure to Diagnose
Misdiagnosis is common, especially with illnesses having similar symptoms making it difficult to diagnose. You could be treated for one thing when it is really something else which takes time and money. An improper diagnosis can lead to more medical complications even death, let alone the financial burden.
Medical malpractice comes into play when comparing what the treating doctor concluded to what other competent doctors would have concluded. If the outcome is different, the treating doctor may be liable for malpractice.
It is important to let your doctor know exactly what medications you are taking and the dosage. It is equally important for doctors and nurses to review what medications you are taking before prescribing and administering any medication. There are medications that should not be taken together, but the most common error is a patient getting too much or too little of a drug.
Labor and Delivery
OBGYN's have more cases filed against them than any other type of doctor. This could be because the they are first treating the mother then treating the newborn(s). The things that could go wrong during childbirth can cause fetal distress, spinal cord injuries, and postpartum hemorrhage.
Prenatal care affects both the mother and the fetus, failure to identify medical conditions of the mother like preeclampsia, hypoglycemia, anemia, gestational diabetes are just a few conditions to look out for and if missed could result in malpractice. The condition of the fetus is also something for doctors to watch for like birth defects, ectopic pregnancies or a disease the mother has that could affect the fetus.
Anesthesia errors can be more dangerous than a surgery error. Giving too much anesthesia to a patient and not monitoring the patient's vital signs could cause brain damage or death. Anesthesiologists need to be sure the check the patient's medical history and informing the patient of risks if preop instructions are not followed, or they could be liable.
Surgical errors can happen before, during, and after the procedure. Poor preoperative planning, operating on the wrong body part, or leaving surgical instruments in the body are just a few things that can happen. Also, poor post-op care by the nurses could cause serious complications like infection.
Medical Malpractice cases can be long and complicated, it is advisable to get advice or representation from lawyers that have experience in handling similar cases. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a medical professionals mistake let the lawyers at George Tait Law help.
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