Regardless of the circumstances, medical malpractice, medical negligence and medical mistakes can lead to life-altering and life-ending consequences. Here are several examples of common medical errors patients and their family members need to watch out for:
Are you hurting in unexpected ways after your surgery? Does something feel like it went wrong? Your surgeon might have made a mistake during your procedure. It's not uncommon for doctors to leave foreign objects inside patients, fail to suture patients correctly or commit other damaging errors.
Medical staff members in hospitals are dangerously busy and it's difficult for them to keep track of all the patients under their care. Sometimes, nurses are prone to medication mix-ups. This might not be dangerous all the time, but if a specific drug is dangerous for a patient, it could have fatal consequences. Treating physicians may also be distracted and fail to take note that a patient is allergic to a specific kind of drug, leading to serious injuries for the patient.
Misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses
The sooner a doctor correctly diagnoses a patient, the faster he or she can receive life-saving treatments. A delayed diagnose or an error in diagnosis – if it happens because the doctor made a mistake or committed negligence – could lead to a personal injury or wrongful death action depending on the negative effects this error has on the patient's health.
If you have the slightest suspicion that you or your loved one were hurt or someone close to you died from medical negligence, seek out assistance to determine your legal rights and options before it's too late to pursue a claim.