Things can move at a blinding pace when we have to go to the emergency room or urgent care for sudden treatment. When you are primarily focused on your health and what is coming next for you, it can be tough to keep track of what is currently happening to you. Because of all this, how can anyone expect to recognize if they suffered from medical malpractice?
Many people may be surprised to learn that medical malpractice is so common that it is the third-leading cause of death in The United States. It is also possible for patients to suffer from malpractice without suffering a wrongful death, so what are some examples of medical malpractice?
Examples of malpractice
For a court to consider an event to be malpractice, it needs to meet certain factors. The medical staff’s actions need to fail to meet the standard of care, the injury needs to be a result of negligence, and it needs to result in significant damages. This means that a minor matter like rescheduling a doctor’s appointment may not count as malpractice, but some of these examples might:
- Early discharge from a hospital
- Staff not considering the patient’s medical history
- Unneeded surgeries
- Diagnosis failures
- Ignoring or misinterpreting test results
- Delayed diagnosis
It is the doctors and medical staff’s responsibility to ensure that they are taking care of their patients. When medical professionals fail to meet this obligation, patients have the right to hold that staff accountable for their shortcomings.
If you believe that you have suffered from medical malpractice, your medical provider may try and convince you that no instance of malpractice occurred. Trust your instincts and consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to confirm if you are a victim of medical malpractice and what you can do to recover.