You trust and depend on medical professionals for the healthcare you need, whether that care is routine or during an emergency. Doctors and other healthcare practitioners are there to help you feel better and improve your health situation. If it doesn’t turn out that way, one of the reasons could be that someone made a mistake or was negligent in their decisions that affected your health. That is what is known as medical malpractice. It is a term which describes something a physician or other healthcare professional did or didn’t do that caused you some kind of harm or injury.
How can you tell if you have been a victim of medical malpractice? It can be a confusing, especially when you aren’t feeling well. Here are some signs that you might be a victim of medical malpractice.
Treatment Isn’t Working
If you aren’t feeling better or your health is not improving, something may be wrong. Perhaps you were misdiagnosed. It could be that there was an error regarding the prescribed medication. Or, it is possible that you underwent surgery that may not have been necessary and it has affected your health. If your treatment isn’t working the way it should, you may be a victim of medical malpractice.
Complications after Surgery
If you experience problems and complications after surgery, this could be a sign of medical malpractice. Someone may have made an error that caused the extreme complications. This could range from having the incorrect or unnecessary surgery to having some kind of surgical instrument left inside your body. This requires serious attention to determine if your situation is a result of medical malpractice.
A Different Second Opinion
It is wise to seek a second opinion, especially in the event of a serious illness. However, if you find that the second opinion differs wildly from the first one, that could be a red flag. You will need to get a third opinion. If it agrees with the second opinion, the doctor who treated you originally may not have been correct in the assessment of your health.
Not Enough Time or Attention
Does it seem like your doctor doesn’t have enough time for you? If the doctor is especially rushed, doesn’t give you the information you need or fails to answer your questions, this is a problem. Sometimes the facility where you were treated may be short-staffed and unable to handle all of its patients adequately. This is a situation that needs to be addressed to improve conditions for you and all of the other people who use that healthcare facility.
If You Think You Might Be a Victim of Medical Malpractice, Contact The Snyder Law Group Today
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