Too often, people think of medical professionals as infallible. With all the education and training they receive, we should certainly be able to hold doctors to a high standard. But it is crucial to recognize that doctors are—like us—human, and are liable to make mistakes. Some mistakes in the medical field can have serious consequences. If such an error was due to a medical professional’s negligence, it qualifies as medical malpractice. If you notice either of the below signs, you or a loved one may have been a victim of medical malpractice.
Lack of Informed Consent
Every doctor has the responsibility to provide informed consent to their patient. Essentially, informed consent refers to the amount of information provided to the patient regarding the risks and alternatives of treatment, medication, or a procedure. With this information at hand, it is up to the patient to decide if they would like to proceed with the doctor’s recommendation. If proper informed consent was not provided, this is textbook medical malpractice.
A proper diagnosis is crucial to receiving the necessary medical care. If your condition is misdiagnosed, the consequences can be devastating. Suppose you have one condition, but your doctor believes you to have another. They will then begin to treat you for the wrong illness, and prescribe you with an incorrect medication. Not only will this allow the condition you do have to go unaddressed, but the treatment you receive could actually make matters worse.
You may not have a medical degree personally, but you still may be able to mitigate the effects of diagnostic errors. You should do your research on the condition your doctor diagnoses you with, and be sure that your symptoms are a match. If you notice any discrepancies, consider getting a second opinion.
And remember: a late diagnosis or a failure to diagnose both qualify as medical malpractice as well.
What You Can Do
If you believe you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, you should choose Snyder as your medical malpractice lawyer. There’s a reason we are the most trusted law group in the area for medical malpractice. Our lawyers have the added advantage of being knowledgeable regarding medicine, and are adept at detecting signs of medical errors. Add to this the fact that you will only pay contingency fees if we win, and it’s easy to see why the experienced professionals at The Snyder Law Group are worthy of your trust.
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