Medical malpractice is a real issue happening in the United states where patients are misdiagnosed by doctors or given the wrong medication to treat an illness. Nearly 225,000 people die each year from some form of medical malpractice whether that be from surgical errors to misdiagnoses. This is an ongoing problem in our healthcare system that stems from unorganized and uncoordinated hospital wings.
Only 2% of victims from medical malpractice file claims against their doctors for compensation and even less are granted the compensation they deserve. It is also stated that nearly 1.5 million people suffer from medication errors each year from poor monitoring of doctors.
Think you are a victim of medical malpractice? Read below to find out and hire a medical malpractice attorney today!
Treatment isn’t working
If you have been following your doctor’s orders, gone through necessary surgeries and are taking the prescribed medications but are not seeing an improvement in your health, you may have been misdiagnosed or your doctor is not yielding the proper treatment plan.
Treatment doesn’t make sense with diagnosis
If you feel that your doctor is taking unnecessary precautions and treatment plans for a fairly common diagnosis or small health issue or if your doctor is not taking precautionary measures for an uncommon or severe health issue you may fall into a medical malpractice case.
Second opinion differs from initial examination
It is important to get two or even three opinions on medical issues to make sure doctors are seeing the same issues and want to take the same medical measures. If your second or third opinions do not match with your initial examination, your first doctor may not be fulfilling his duties of seeking the best healthcare for you.
Doctor does not go any further than basic lab results before diagnosis
If your doctor diagnoses you with a severe health concern after basic lab results you may be misdiagnosed as severe health issues usually need extensive lab results to be sure of the diagnosis. Your doctor may not be taking your concerns seriously and could result in a misdiagnosis.
Hospital seems understaffed
Most hospitals should be adequately staffed for each patient. If you feel that your hospital is understaffed and you are not being tended to as necessary for your treatment you may be a victim of neglect and malpractice.
Mistake happened during surgery
Oftentimes doctors say there was a complication in surgery but it should not be an issue in your recovery. If you find that you are showing new symptoms or problems arise again after surgery you may have a legal medical case