For those who have spent time in a doctor's office, the thought of any type of medical error may never have crossed their mind. Unfortunately, such instances do occur and while one can hopefully go a lifetime without experiencing such an event, knowing how to identify some commons signs of medical malpractice can help deal with the issue in a more efficient manner.
One sign that you have been the victim of medical malpractice is that the treatment you have received isn't working. This can be a sign of medical misdiagnosis. The actual medical problem that you have may be progressing into a worsened medical condition or the unnecessary surgery or medication is causing serious injury.
Another sign may be that a serious medical condition was diagnosed using simple tests. Major medical issues require a thorough exam, review of medical history and several tests and scans. Also, medical malpractice may have occurred if the treatment doesn't seem to match the condition. Doctors may have performed an unnecessary medical procedure or done unnecessary treatment. If a patient has received a second opinion that doesn't match the first it can also mean they have been the victim of medical malpractice.
No one expects to be the victim of a medical mistake but it can happen to anyone. Medical mistakes can cause serious injuries and even death. A legal professional skilled in the area of medical malpractice may be able to help a family determine what happened and may be able to hold those responsible for the damage accountable for their negligence. Compensation may be available for unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Source: forbes.com, "10 things you want to know about medical malpractice", Demetrius Cheeks, May 16, 2013