July Is Medical Malpractice Awareness Month
A 2016 Johns Hopkins study discovered that over 250,000 deaths are caused by medical error each year in the U.S. alone, making it one of the top causes of death for adults. Because the problem of medical malpractice is so pervasive – and difficult to spot at times – the National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association announced that July has been designated as Medical Malpractice Awareness Month.
If you believe that physician or hospital negligence contributed to your injuries, or to your loved one’s death, you may be eligible to pursue a medical malpractice claim and seek damages to compensate for your losses. Although little can account for the pain and suffering of these injuries, it’s important to hold healthcare professionals accountable when they do not observe the standard of care – and our attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you do just that.
How Can I Identify the Signs of Medical Error?
We tend to trust that doctors have our best interests at heart. From the Hippocratic oath to which doctors swear to their extensive, rigorous educational training, people often look to medical professionals as an authority on all things related to their health. While the majority of doctors are passionate about providing great care for patients, some may fall prey to negligence, and dip below the requisite standard of care.
The “standard of care” simply means the level and type of medical care that a reasonable doctor would apply in the same or similar circumstances. While it’s true that there can be many possible interpretations and treatments for any given condition, your doctor must fall within the generally accepted guidelines, and provide the basic care that you deserve for your injuries or illnesses. Failure to do so can result in catastrophic injuries, unnecessary treatment, and life-altering disabilities for the injured patient.
Of course, it can still be difficult for most people to tell when a physician has violated this standard of care. It’s a good idea to be knowledgeable about the types of medical errors when you visit the doctor. You should also stay proactive with your healthcare by asking lots of questions, seeking second opinions, and documenting all your experiences.
Here are some of the most common medical errors by physicians:
- Failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis
- Medication and prescription errors
- Foreign objects left behind during surgery
- Premature discharge from the hospital
- Operating on the wrong site or area
- Failure to obtain appropriate consent before a procedure
- Knowingly using a defective medical device
- Giving the incorrect anesthesia dosage or type
- Using contaminated instruments or surgical tools
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