When we make a doctor’s visit we are usually in need of some advice or help on a specific medical problem. We do not expect that our visit will end up giving us additional medical issues to deal with. At times medical professionals will make mistakes either because of negligence or error that can cause us serious injury. This may delay medical treatment or may cuase you to get improper medical treatment. These mistakes in judgment are the basis of a medical malpractice case that could leave you with substandard care, injury or death.
It may come as a surprise to many that medical malpractice is rather common. Each year more than a million patients are victims of medical malpractice with almost 200,000 ending in death. According to Health Affairs, 1 in every 3 hospitalizations will result in some form of medical malpractice or negligence.
Types of Medical Malpractice
So, what are some of the mistakes that medical professionals are making that could cause you harm? They can vary much in the degree of seriousness and level of care and not all involve the attending physician. For example, a doctor may prescribe a medication but the staff could mistakenly give the patient either the wrong dosage or the wrong medication entirely. After surgery, it is not uncommon for surgical implements to be left inside the patient’s body. A misdiagnosis could cause more harm than intended or at the very least delay getting the proper treatment for the real problem.
In addition to these, doctors sometimes operate on the wrong part of the body, there may be constant pain after a surgery or even severe infections. If any of these are an issue that you are facing then it would be wise to get some legal direction.
When Can You File A Medical Malpractice Suit?
The time allowed by law in which you may file a medical malpractice lawsuit arising from medication negligence is limited. If you wait to contact a lawyer, you may end up being barred by the statute of limitations from proceeding.