As you go about life, you will inevitably be faced with medical troubles, emergencies and routine expenses. It’s important to work with a doctor who you trust to take care of yourself and your family, but sometimes when you need to seek extra care for a special issue or other consideration, you may be faced with a practitioner you do not have full confidence in.
In recent years there has been a severe uptick in the number of physicians who are being sued for medical malpractice, and unfortunately you can fall victim to an issue like this one through no fault of your own. We’ve examined some of the top reasons why doctors face medical malpractice suits, and what you can do if you feel you’ve been improperly handled in your medical care.
Initially, in any circumstance with a new illness, you’ll first meet with your primary care provider, who will give you your initial diagnosis or advice to seek out more specialized care. Since primary care physicians deal with all types of people and their many different types of issues, they tend to have a broad idea of many parts of medicine, rather than a deep expertise on one particular system, for example. Some of the reasons that primary care physicians can face medical malpractice include:
- Errors in medicine distribution. This can include both medicines given in the office, or as prescribed to receive later from a pharmacist.
- Failure to follow safety protocols. Everything is sterilized for a reason, and there are additional important protocols throughout the office to keep each patient from getting sicker than when they arrived.
- Lack of informed consent. The doctor has an obligation to tell you all of the parts of your care, including the risks and responsibilities that you will hold going forward. This is very important and failure to properly explain everything going into your medical care can result in some serious repercussions.
- Abnormal injury as a result of mistake in care. This is also seen in surgical environments, where a slight mistake can make the difference between life or death for a patient being operated upon.
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. This is the most commonly seen issue which is brought up in claims of medical malpractice. While doctors know a lot, their information cannot always be seen as foolproof. Making a mistake or missing out on an important sign that points towards a serious issue can have long-lasting impacts on the patient and their family in the years to come.
If you believe that you have been victim to the poor actions of a doctor, you may have the grounds for a medical malpractice suit. For more information about your options and how I can help, contact me, Mark Yampaglia, today. I can be reached by phone at 201-933-3240 for a free consultation on your medical malpractice claim and how to move forward in getting your life back in order physically, emotionally, and financially.