You may have been the victim of medical malpractice and not even known it. You may equate medical malpractice with things like botched surgeries or birth injuries, but it’s much more prevalent than that. Here are three specific ways you might have been the victim of medical malpractice.
You go into the emergency room experiencing abdominal pain. After looking at your symptoms, the doctor diagnoses you with gastroenteritis and sends you home. Once you leave the hospital, your symptoms worsen, requiring you to return to the emergency room. It’s then that the doctor realizes that you are suffering from acute appendicitis. That misdiagnosis could have had deadly results had you not returned to the hospital.
There are many different types of medical malpractice, aside from botched surgeries.
You go to your doctor for an illness. The medications that you are taking are documented in your chart. Your doctor prescribes you a medication that will interact with one of the other prescriptions that you are already taking. Luckily, your pharmacist catches the error before dispensing the medication. The mistake could have proven fatal had you taken the medication.
Failure To Diagnose
You take your loved one to the emergency room who is complaining of indigestion and jaw pain. The doctor fails to perform the necessary tests to make an informed diagnosis and sends you and your loved one home. Upon arriving at home, your loved one collapses. You immediately call 911. Once you get to the emergency room, the doctors realize that your loved one was suffering from an aortic dissection.
These are all instances that involve medical malpractice. For a more in-depth look, take a look at this guide to common errors by doctors and hospitals that lead to medical malpractice.
If you think that you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, you need to contact an attorney, who will be able to discuss the details with you, and determine whether you have a case against the health care provider. If you have any questions about your rights or would like to discuss your case, please contact us for a free case evaluation.