If you go to the hospital or doctor’s office for treatment, you expect to get the utmost care and have your needs listened to. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. It happens far too often that medical professionals make serious mistakes that have severe consequences for their patients. This can result in worsening health or even death. If this is the case, you may have a claim for medical malpractice or negligence. Here are some of the signs that could indicate medical malpractice.
Your Medical Condition Stays the Same or Gets Worse
When you seek treatment from a medical professional, it is expected that you will eventually be cured or at least have fewer symptoms. However, if your condition does not change or worsen, it could indicate negligence or malpractice on the part of the medical staff. If you strictly follow the doctor’s orders and nothing changes, your doctor may have made a mistake. If the error has permanently ruined your health, caused you severe pain or injury, you should consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney to make a claim possibly.
Lack of Informed Consent
It is your doctor’s responsibility to explain any surgery or treatments you are undergoing, so you are informed of the entire process. You will need to sign a form before having surgery stating that you understand the risks and are willing to proceed with the procedure. The doctor should also make sure you know the dangers of the surgery and answer any questions you may have. If the doctor has failed to do this, it is considered a lack of informed consent. This can also be a sign of possible medical malpractice. If you choose to file a claim, you need to be able to prove that you were not given adequate information and that you would not have consented if you had been informed of the risks.
Failure to Diagnose
One of the most common forms of medical malpractice is failing to diagnose a patient with a disease or injury. If a doctor dismisses a patient’s symptoms or misses early signs of a disease, it can lead to future complications. This is most often seen in aggressive conditions, such as cancer, where an early diagnosis can allow for more effective treatment.
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