Many American’s don’t understand what conditions may exist that would enable them to file a medical malpractice suit. All too often, consumers are not necessarily familiar with various terms that their physicians use when explaining a diagnosis, ordering tests, providing medications or ordering continuing care. In addition, whether one is seeing a doctor themselves, or they have a family member under the care of a physician, they have a right to a specific level of care. The physician owes the patient the proper care, proper medications, and full disclosure of their medical conditions, as well as any procedures that they may be faced with to treat the condition.

  • Misdiagnosis – more commonly called failure to diagnose, there are a whole host of medical issues that you or a loved one can suffer from as a result of the physicians error in diagnosing a condition. Often times, doctors do not listen to what their patients are telling them about how they are feeling. This often results in overlooked symptoms, misinterpretation of symptoms, and failure to perform proper testing to find the answers. In addition, lab results are often misinterpreted or completely overlooked in diagnosing a patient’s condition. It is not uncommon for medical malpractice to include misdiagnosing cancers including cervical cancer, prostate cancer or colon cancer to be confused with other conditions rather than the true ailment. Unfortunately, a wrong diagnosis or missed diagnosis often means that crucial treatment options are overlooked, with sometimes fatal results.
  • Birth injuries – every year, physicians overlook risks that can result in a child being born with the defect. In the end, these risks can result in cerebral palsy, facial paralysis, brachial plexus injury, and even some forms of encephalopathy. Sadly, some birth injuries may also result in the death of an otherwise healthy infant. Too frequently, physicians prescribed medications including some that may increase the chance of a woman giving birth to a child with a serious birth defect. While some of these defects may be congenital in nature, too frequently birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice.
  • Infections – from Ecoli infections to MRSA infections, to various pediatric infections, often times hospitalized patients wind up with serious and often life-threatening infections. These infections can often cause lifelong problems, and unfortunately in some kind cases they may even cause death. This may be one of the most overlooked forms of negligence that the general public faces every single year. In general, these infections can be prevented by proper care from doctors and nurses who should know better.

Medical malpractice is extremely frightening, not only for victims, but for their families as well. As technology improves there is almost no need for anybody to ever be a victim. As physicians get more patients and begin to cut corners the potential for danger to their clients may be even greater. If you or someone you love is suffering because of any treatment or lack of treatment, it is a good idea to consider contacting a medical malpractice attorney. Not only can they help you understand what rights you have as a patient, they can also help you protect those rights and serve as a voice for victims and their families.

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