Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or other medical professional fails to do his or her job correctly and endangers a patient's health. This can mean anything from a violation of standard healthcare to injury caused by negligence or injury resulting in pain, income loss, or disability. If a patient feels that he or she has been a victim of medical malpractice, they can file a lawsuit against the medical professional or medical facility. However, both patients and medical professionals should know what medical malpractice consists of.
1. Unnecessary Surgery
Unnecessary surgery usually means that a doctor or practitioner suggests that a patient needs surgery even if they do not. These surgeries can happen out of miscommunication, as a criminal act, or for a medical professional to get more money out of a patient's medical bills. Some of the most common unnecessary surgeries done on patients include angioplasties, pacemakers, knee and hip replacements, and back surgeries. Most of the time, these surgeries are completely preventable.
2. Improper Medication
Issuing medication to a patient should be taken very seriously since it is what is going to make him or her better. If a medical practitioner gives a patient the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, it is considered medical malpractice. Giving a patient the wrong medicine or dosage amount can result in making the patient sicker. All dosage and medication prescriptions should be written out clearly and should be explained why it is being given to the patient.
One of the more common medical malpractices is misdiagnosis from a doctor. If a doctor diagnoses a patient's symptoms wrong, it could put them in danger for their health. For example, a doctor might diagnose his patient with one thing and start him or her on a medication regimen, which might end up making the patient sicker or even die. Without a proper diagnosis, a patient could be missing a small window to catch a disease or infection that could end up killing them if not treated right away.
4. Childbirth Injuries
Medical malpractice can happen to both mother and child in childbirth injuries. A medical professional should be able to diagnose any health conditions a mother might have while she is pregnant, as well as keeping her up-to-date about the health of her unborn child. If a doctor or obstetrician cannot properly identify birth defects, medical conditions, or diseases before the child is born that is considered medical malpractice. It can endanger the life of the child and the mother.
5. Disregarding Patient History
Patient history should be taken very seriously by any medical professional. This is what lets the doctors and nurses know what the patient needs and what could make him or her sicker if not avoided. If a doctor disregards or misreads a patient's history, it will result in a medical malpractice lawsuit. It is important for the doctor to ask questions about a patient's medical history if there is any confusion or if the patient is seeing a new doctor.
All of these instances of medical malpractice can be avoided if medical professionals are knowledgeable and take their time when doing their jobs. If a doctor or other medical practitioner does not think they can do their job correctly, they should not be in that profession. Not only will they be incompetent in their job, but they can also harm the lives of others. If a medical professional is being sued for medical malpractice, he or she must contact a lawyer for help.
To learn more, contact a law firm like Flett Manning Moore.Share
10 June 2015