Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Americans die each year due to medical errors. Even though the doctor likely did not intend to make a mistake, that doesn’t change the fact that medical errors can have lasting effects on a patient’s (and their family’s) life. When something goes wrong during or after a medical procedure or hospital visit, it is easy to be suspicious of your treating healthcare providers. Below are a few common medical malpractice claims to consider.
There is hardly a situation where an inaccurate diagnosis does not impact the patient’s life. An inaccurate diagnosis claim can involve an individual being diagnosed and treated for the incorrect illness or condition, or a sick/injured patient being cleared as healthy and not receiving treatment. An inaccurate diagnosis could also lead a doctor to believe a healthy individual is ill, which puts patients through unnecessary treatments and expensive hospitalizations. Either way, an inaccurate diagnosis prevents a patient from getting the correct and necessary treatment they require. Unfortunately, it is among the more common medical malpractice claims.
A delayed diagnosis is similar to an incorrect diagnosis in that a patient’s initial diagnosis is incorrect, which also makes it a common medical malpractice claim. With a delayed diagnosis, the patient eventually gets an accurate diagnosis, but in the interim, the patient’s condition worsens. Unfortunately, it’s often only after a patient’s condition begins to worsen that the initial diagnosis is questioned. The longer it takes before an accurate diagnosis occurs, the greater the possibility of the patient suffering pain and injury.
An accurate diagnosis is only the first step in caring for a patient. After the initial diagnosis, the health care provider must recommend, and execute, the proper course of treatment for the patient’s condition. In situations of inadequate treatment, the provider recommends the wrong course of treatment, or does not properly administer treatment (e.g. not performing the necessary tests or performing the wrong tests). Medical professionals should also react quickly to avoid any delay in a patient’s care.
Mistakes with Medication and Prescriptions
Another common type of medical malpractice claim comes from mistakes with prescribing medication. In addition to not being effective at treating the patient’s condition, administering or prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage could cause the patient to experience dangerous and life-threatening side effects. Sometimes, the pharmacy does not fill the prescription correctly, other times the doctor prescribes the incorrect dose/medication. Because it can be difficult to know who to point the finger at, if you think you may have suffered due to a medication error, you should contact an experienced attorney to help with your case.
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Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.