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Examples of Medical Malpractice

Published on June 30th, 2021

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Doctors are charged with providing care during some of the most vulnerable times of your life. When you see a doctor, you trust that they have your best interests in mind and treat you accordingly. What happens when you cannot get answers or, worse, your condition deteriorates under a doctor’s care? Find out about some of the most common examples of medical malpractice.

The Doctor Dismisses Symptoms

When you go to the doctor, it is usually because you are not feeling well. You expect to give symptoms and find relief from a diagnosis. However, what happens if the doctor does not come up with anything? One of the most common examples of medical malpractice is a failure to diagnose. When trying to find out what is wrong, the doctor may use a battery of tests to eliminate conditions. If these tests are not performed or the results not heeded, there may be no treatment or a delay in treatment. This can lead to a much more serious illness down the road. Thus, it is often recommended that you seek a second opinion if you feel like your doctor is ignoring your complaints.

The Hospital Dispenses the Wrong Medication

Being admitted to the hospital should not make you sicker. However, in some situations, you may wind up worse for the wear after being under the watchful eye of hospital personnel. Charting errors may lead to the wrong medication being administered. When this happens, you may experience either a worsening of your condition or a dangerous interaction with other drugs. It is important that you give intake a list of all drugs you are allergic to. If you do and still receive the drug, you may have a malpractice case.

A Baby Is Born With an Injury

When a child is ill or injured, it can be difficult to deal with as a parent. What happens when your newborn appears to be suffering from an illness or injury at birth? If your pregnancy was normal and all tests showed a healthy baby, it may mean that your baby suffered an injury at birth. Look for physical indicators such as bruising or swelling. A more serious sign is discoloration that may indicate a lack of oxygen during labor and delivery. Oxygen deprivation may result in permanent neurological damage and cause cognitive and developmental problems throughout growth. Birth injuries are preventable and require earlier intervention most of the time.

If you suspect that a doctor was negligent and caused you or someone you love further injury, you may want to consult a medical malpractice lawyer. Speaking with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer with a firm like Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, can help you determine if you should seek compensation and what action you should take to seek justice.

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