4 Common Forms of Medical Malpractice

When you go to see your doctor, undergo surgery or seek urgent care, you and millions of others are putting their lives in the care of medical professionals. As such, most people expect their medical professionals to be highly trained in their field. However, many people are dissatisfied with their treatment and may even face medical problems after seeking help.

If you’re suffering injuries or medical conditions after seeking treatment or after a doctor-recommended procedure, then you may be the victim of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can take many forms but the following are four common types:

1. Misdiagnosis

You may have gone to your doctor because you were facing unknown medical conditions. Thinking your doctor would be able to correctly identify it, you may have been given treatment or medication. However, if your doctor misdiagnosed your medical illness, then you may be undergoing unnecessary surgery or medication and your symptoms may only worsen.

2. Surgical mistakes

Surgery is often done by highly trained individuals, yet, many people make mistakes during procedures. For example, a medical professional may have performed surgery on the wrong side of your body, they could have used unsanitary surgical equipment (leading to infection) or they may have left surgical tools in your body.

3. Drug errors

You may have been prescribed a certain medication to treat an illness. However, when the order was being made, a nurse may have ordered the wrong medication. As a result, taking it may have caused you unnecessary hardships.

4. Delayed care

You may have recently gone for testing and your doctor found some startling results. They should have contacted you immediately, however, because of their delay, your medical condition worsened.

If you find you’re the victim of medical malpractice, then you should know your legal rights and learn what it takes to be properly and fairly compensated for the mistake.

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