Preventable and Common Medical Errors
Unfortunately, medical errors are a part of the reality of treatment in the American healthcare system. Improperly trained and over-worked residents, exhausted surgeons, and incompetent medical staff are responsible for more than 250,000 deaths of patients under medical care every year. A further 772,000 patients will develop severe infections while being treated in hospitals.
Surprisingly, medical related deaths as a result of malpractice are the third leading cause of death in the United States. This shocking statistic should cause concern for anyone about to undergo a surgery, or hospital visit. Being a victim of medical malpractice could end up costing you your life. If you do survive a medical error, or if a family member is harmed, you should consult with a Miami personal injury lawyer to seek restitution and compensation from the healthcare provider.
Here are the most common preventable medical errors you can expect from medical healthcare providers and professionals.
Doctors need to know how to establish effective communication with their patients. Consultations should involve a complete family and medical history of the patient, allergies, previous injuries or operations, the last time they had anesthetic, and other critical medical information. Failing to ask the patient for these details may result in a misdiagnosis, or mistreatment of a disease or health disorder.
Doctors are very busy individuals, and when overly stressed due to a high-patient turnover, they are inclined to make mistakes like any other human being. However, a physician’s mistakes can cost lives. Poor communication results in the possibility of error and harm to the patient. There is no excuse for a doctor to make such a grievous mistake during a consultation and they should be held liable for their actions. If you have been the victim of poor communication that led to a medical error, speak to our personal injury attorney in Miami.
Prescription, Medication, and Dispensary Errors
Poor handwriting, misinterpretation of doctor’s orders, or misdiagnosis. These are examples of medical errors that can lead to the incorrect dispensing and administration of medications. Always ask your doctor about the medicines they are prescribing, including dosage, possible side-effects, and health implications such as conflicts with allergies.
Over 30 million Americans are victims of outpatient medication errors every year. Being prescribed the wrong medication can have lasting adverse side-effects and health consequences. If you have been a victim of outpatient medication errors, contact our Miami personal injury attorney to find out what course of action you can take against your healthcare provider.
Hospitals are expected to be clean, sanitary, and sterile environments. Therefore, hearing of so-called “super-bugs” wandering around hospital air-conditioning systems is a grave concern for any patient. Drug-resistant bacterial infections are rife in hospitals all across the country and contracting a super-bug could cost you your life. These viruses and bacteria spread quickly, infecting patients and their loved ones when they visit them in the hospital.
Lab Test Errors
A botched lab test will result in an incorrect patient diagnosis. A misdiagnosed patient will receive treatment and medication for a disease or condition they don’t have. This error could create several medical complications and further impact the patients’ health in the future. MRI and CT scans are easy to misread, blood work can be tampered with or misplaced and misinterpreted. These common medical errors can have substantial health consequences.
What to Do If You are a Victim of Medical Malpractice
Patients need to trust their medical professional. If a medical error breaks that trust, someone on the medical team needs to be held liable for malpractice. Consult with our personal injury lawyer in Miami to discuss your case and the actions you can take against your medical healthcare provider.
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