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Signs of medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2024 | Personal Injury

Medical malpractice and mistakes can harm or injure patients.

Understanding the signs of medical malpractice is important for ensuring that individuals receive proper care.

Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis

Medical mistakes cause significant death every year, 250,000 or more, and are number three on the list of death causes in the U.S. One common sign of medical malpractice is a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. This occurs when a healthcare provider fails to correctly identify a patient’s condition in a timely manner. As a result, the patient may not receive the appropriate treatment, leading to worsened health outcomes or unnecessary suffering.

Failure to obtain informed consent

Another indication of potential medical malpractice is the failure to obtain informed consent from the patient before administering treatment or performing a procedure. Patients need information about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a proposed treatment or procedure. This allows them to make an informed decision about their care.

Surgical errors

Surgical errors are serious mistakes. These errors may include operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient’s body, or performing the wrong procedure.

Medication errors

Medication errors involve mistakes in prescribing, dispensing, or administering medication to patients. These errors can result in serious harm to the patient.

Lack of follow-up care

Patients rely on healthcare providers to provide them with appropriate follow-up care after receiving treatment or procedure. A lack of follow-up care can result in complications going unnoticed or untreated.

Medical professionals should protect their patients’ rights and ensure that they receive the best possible treatment and standard of care they deserve. Identifying medical malpractice signs can help hold medical professionals accountable for any negligence.

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