When you’re hurt or sick, your first instinct is to turn to a doctor or a hospital for help. There, you expect to receive proper treatment and medical care.
When a healthcare professional fails to provide an acceptable level of care, it’s considered negligence. In healthcare, negligence can result from poor training of staff to overworked and sleep-deprived doctors. These oversights can contribute to major injuries or even death.
Misdiagnosing an Illness or Injury
Correctly diagnosing an illness or injury is critical for a patient to make a successful recovery. Proper diagnosis requires a full evaluation of a person’s health and symptoms. If a doctor rushes through routine exams, he may incorrectly diagnose patients, leading to ineffective treatments, worsening of preexisting conditions, and more.
Negligent doctors who don’t fully evaluate a patient’s health and physical condition may:
- diagnose symptoms rather than the actual underlying condition,
- prescribe treatment for medication side effects instead of altering medication,
- or misdiagnose a rare condition due to lack of medical knowledge and experience.
Prescription Medication Errors
Doctors have a responsibility to prescribe medication to help patients get better. But before medication is prescribed, doctors must review a patient’s records to ensure there are no:
- Potential Allergies
If a patient is allergic to a prescribed medication, he or she can sustain serious or fatal injuries.
- Incorrect Dosages
Doctors must also make sure they prescribe the correct dosage of medication, as too small of a dose can be ineffective and too large of a dose can potentially worsen a patient’s side effects.
- Drug Interactions
Combining medications can also be dangerous, as some medications cancel each other out or produce a more powerful effect than when taken separately. Any over-the-counter drugs or herbal remedies that a patient is taking should also be taken into account by a doctor, as they may interact with prescription medications.
Surgery requires the use of many different tools and devices. If a surgeon is careless and leaves one or more of those tools inside a patient’s body, the consequences can be life-threatening.
Examples of tools that have been left behind in patients include:
- and surgical clamps.
These errors aren’t always obvious after surgery, and complications can take months to develop. That’s why it’s important to contact an Ohio medical malpractice attorney from Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy immediately if you suspect that you’re the victim of a surgical mistake. We can help you get the compensation you need for your injuries.
The Cleveland medical malpractice lawyers at Nurenberg Paris have years of experience investigating medical malpractice claims. We are ready to put our experience to work for you. Call today at (888) 900-6075 or fill out a free initial consultation form.