Recognizing a Medical Malpractice Case: Things you should know

John Fisher
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Most people are not doctors and do not work in any type of position within the medical profession.  People see doctors and nurses to stay healthy and or to get healthy because those are the people that have been trained to heal the sick. 

Just like people do not know how to diagnose their ailments, they too do not know when medical professionals mess up. 

The experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorney knows that most patients injured by a doctor’s negligence simply do not know that their pain and suffering is a result of negligence.  Take infections for example.  Say a patient has a severe infection that persists and causes more harm to the patient.  Perhaps the risk of infection was explained to the patient prior to surgery so the patient believes that the infection was a normal risk of surgery.  The fact could actually be that the doctor should have found the infection and treated it sooner; if such had been done, the patient may not have been injured.

This is just one example.  Many things can go wrong during the course of medical treatment.  Sometimes, simply knowing what happened to other people in the past is enough to help people know if they have a present case of medical malpractice. 

Medication errors, misdiagnoses, surgical injuries, birth injuries, and anesthesia mistakes have all wrongfully injured patients in the past. 

Medication Errors:

Pharmaceuticals have greatly advanced the treatment of sick people; lives are saved and pain is reduced.   But drugs can harm people too.  This is especially so if people are prescribed the wrong medication and or the wrong dosages.  Obviously, the wrong medication can kill a patient.  Too much can lead to an overdose, while too little will not cure the patient as needed. 

Misdiagnosis:

The curing of a patient fist depends upon a proper diagnosis.  It is simple; to cure a patient’s breast cancer, the patient must first be diagnosed with having such cancer.  Unfortunately, many patients are examined by doctors and should have been diagnosed with having a disease.  The problem is that the doctor messed up and did not recognize the presence of the disease when he/she should have. 

It goes without saying that a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose a patient’s disease can shorten life spans and cause an otherwise preventable death. 

Surgical Injuries and Anesthesia Mistakes:

Infection, wrong site surgery, too much anesthesia, too little anesthesia, and countless other things go wrong during surgery.  These mistakes should not happen and chances are that a doctor committed negligence if one of these mistakes happened.

But what do you think?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment or I also welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at [email protected]  You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com

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