A doctor undergoes extensive education and training to provide proper care. When you seek treatment and come out feeling worse than before, is the problem you or the provider?
Medical malpractice comes in many different forms. While no healthcare practitioner or facility is infallible, some mistakes may prove negligent. It is this distinction that makes an incident rise to malpractice. Learn more about some common examples of medical negligence that doctors and facilities may commit.
Committing diagnostic errors
Some of the highest malpractice rates occur when a doctor misses a diagnosis. One of the most dangerous examples of this is cancer. If a doctor does not pursue all reasonable answers to a patient’s reported symptoms and misses cancer, it may give the tumor time to grow and become more serious.
Prescribing or dispensing the wrong medication
One of the most harmful mistakes medical providers make is missing drug reactions. For instance, in the hospital, your chart should give an accurate account of your medication history, including known reactions. However, if you find yourself dealing with an adverse reaction to drug interactions or allergies you disclosed, it may indicate the staff did not pay close attention to your chart.
Failing to follow standard treatment
When your doctor does not follow a typical course of treatment for your illness, it may prove disastrous for your recovery. While some deviation may prove appropriate, others are negligent. A doctor who does not follow this standard of care is acting in direct contradiction to reasonable practices and has committed malpractice.
Recovering from a medical error may take extra time and assistance. Getting your health on the right path should remain a priority for you and your providers.