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Signs You May Have Suffered Medical Malpractice

Nichol & Associates, Attorneys at Law July 30, 2021

Medical malpractice is a serious issue that can have a lifetime of consequences. Despite all of the consequences that you may suffer from malpractice, doctors and the hospital may not come right out and tell you that you were a victim of it. In order to file a claim for medical malpractice, you need to be able to recognize the malpractice. Here are some common examples of malpractice to help you decide if you need to take legal action:

Diagnosis Errors

There are two primary examples of diagnosis errors: missed diagnosis and delayed diagnosis. A missed diagnosis often involves getting a second opinion for a diagnosis that your first doctor should have come to. A misdiagnosis can also be deadly, such as when a doctor diagnoses your heart attack as indigestion.

Medication Errors

There are many people taking medication at a hospital, and they all need to take the exact dosage of their prescription or risk medical harm. If a nurse or doctor gives you the wrong medication, the wrong amount of it, or fails to provide you with the medication you need entirely, it may qualify as malpractice.

Birthing Errors

Birth injuries are harder to recognize right away, as some can take months or years to become evident to a parent. Any number of oversights can result in a child suffering injuries like Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, jaundice, kernicterus, and forms of brain damage.

Anesthesia Errors

The anesthesiologist can perform malpractice in many ways during surgery. Providing too much or too little anesthesia, failing to track your vital signs properly, using the wrong type of anesthesia, and even failing to identify complications as they arrive can all qualify as malpractice.

What Can You Do After Experience Malpractice?

If you suspect that you were the victim of medical malpractice, talk to an attorney right away. The staff at the hospital will likely try to convince you there was no malpractice or pressure you to sign a waiver to not sue them for it. Let a lawyer represent you while pursuing the compensation you deserve.