Obtaining the Correct Diagnosis Can Be Difficult Even If Your Doctor Is Good
You may have been going to the same family physician for years and feel completely satisfied with how he treats your medical problems. However, even if he is a conscientious doctor, he could make a mistake that could be considered medical malpractice and cause you to suffer additional medical problems or death. According to a Consumer Reports investigative report, doctors make a misdiagnosis in 10 to 15 percent of office visits for a new medical problem.
Six Common Errors Your Doctor Could Make
Doctors can commit medical malpractice even when they try to be careful. Sometimes it could be because they are overscheduled and too rushed. Other times it could be caused by the technicians providing them with test results. Six problems you need to watch out for include:
- Misdiagnosing the problem. Misdiagnosing a medical condition is one of the most common mistakes doctors make, especially if a patient suffers with a urinary tract infection, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, acute renal failure, or cancer.
- Treating the wrong patient. When medical staff fails to properly identify patients with common names, a doctor can treat one person for someone else’s medical problem, with potentially life-threatening results.
- Failing to practice good hygiene. Hospitals and doctors’ offices can be full of germs. If the doctor or his staff does not follow good hygiene practices such as washing their hands or disposing of needles properly, patients can be exposed to deadly germs that can cause them to suffer serious medical disorders.
- Performing the wrong surgery. Unfortunately, doctors performing surgery on the wrong body part is a common problem—sometimes with catastrophic results for the patient.
- Failing to provide coordinated care. A person with many health problems will often see more than one doctor. If these doctors do not understand what the other one is doing and coordinate their medical care when necessary, this can result in over medication and insufficient treatment of the patient’s medical conditions.
- Prescribing the wrong medication. If a doctor does not take the time to learn all of a patient’s medications and allergies, the person can suffer with negative interactions between his medications—sometimes life-threatening—or have an allergic reaction to a drug that can cause him to develop a permanent new medical disorder.
Has your doctor made one of these medical mistakes? If so, you need contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to not miss the time period for bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Call me at 888.716.8021 for a FREE consultation to learn about your legal options and how I can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.