When you go to the doctor, you want to believe he or she is paying attention to the signs and symptoms you present. However, doctors make mistakes, and these errors may come at a high price.
When you face a doctor who may have gotten something wrong, you may not fully understand the ramifications. If you feel like something could have occurred that lead to you feeling sicker, take a look and see if it is on this list of the three most common medical mistakes.
1. Diagnosis mistakes
When you feel sick, you may go to the doctor believing you have one thing only to find out it is another. Sometimes, you may not believe the doctor's diagnosis is correct, especially if there is no diagnosis handed down. The most common medical malpractice complaint is a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. Both occur at hospitals, clinics and doctor's practices and often include:
· Improper reading of test results
· Failure to correlate symptoms
· Not ordering proper tests
If you believe your doctor missed a diagnosis and caused you further injury or pain, you may want to consult with an attorney for assistance.
2. Surgical mistakes
You may have heard horror stories of patients getting stitched up with surgical materials left inside. While these types of mistakes do not happen frequently, surgical mistakes do occur. The most common error has to do with wound care and infection. After surgery, your medical team should monitor your white blood count and healing progress to catch any signs of infection at the incision site.
3. Medication mistakes
In hospitals, doctors write orders for medication. While charting is an essential part of hospital care, things may fall by the wayside. One of the most common medical errors is the mishandling of medication, leading to allergic reaction or interaction issues.
If you believe a doctor or care facility made a mistake that caused you pain or future injury, you may want to consult with an attorney. A professional will help get you the care and recovery you need and deserve.