The unknown truth about medical malpractice errors is that they are much more common, and usually on a much smaller scale, than many patients realize. The illusion is that a medical malpractice case is blatantly obvious, such as surgery performed on the wrong side of the body. And, while such a case is definite grounds for medical malpractice, many cases are much less of a spectacle, and often slip through the cracks due to patients being uninformed of what exactly constitutes medical malpractice. Here are three common medical malpractice errors that you should know about.
Approximately 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed each year. Sometimes, this leads to more serious consequences. It’s possible that your condition could worsen without the proper treatment, or that treatment you are receiving for a condition you don’t have could harm you. Not every case of misdiagnosis is considered a medical malpractice error, only those cases in which your doctor failed to act in a medically reasonable manner. “Medically reasonable manner” means the doctor followed protocol, didn’t ignore test results, and made your diagnosis based on their education. If these criteria are not met, misdiagnosis could constitute medical malpractice.
We’ve informed you of what surgical errors can happen that constitute medical malpractice. If any preventable surgical errors occur– like wrong-person, wrong-site or a foreign object left behind– it is automatically considered a medical malpractice error.
From a doctor’s mistake to a pharmacist misreading the prescription, there are many ways you could be a victim of a prescription error that is considered medical malpractice. In some cases, patients are prescribed medication that cause dangerous side effects when mixed with other medications. For this reason, it’s important to inform your doctor of any medication you take. There is also a responsibility on the doctor’s end to educate patients about possible drug complications, and failing to do so could be considered a medical malpractice error if the patient suffers injury.
Austin Attorney for Medical Malpractice Errors
No matter how big or small a medical malpractice error seems to be, it is important that you know your right to seek compensation for your injury. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a medical malpractice error, contact the Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas online or call us toll-free at 1-866-760-0358 for a free consultation.