When seeing health care professionals, you expect to be in trusted hands. You have questions and concerns about medical issues every time you go in for an appointment, seek medication, enter surgery or for any other health-related matter. You expect precise answers and precise results.
However, infallibility does not always occur in medical settings. Physicians, nurses and medical support staff occasionally make mistakes that usually are preventable. And patients along with their families must pay for this lack of judgment and incompetence in ways that include a permanent disability, lifelong health problems and even death. Medical malpractice may surface in a variety of ways.
Surgical errors, medication mistakes
Sadly, many common forms of medical malpractice exist. And each one is avoidable. Here are some of the ways that patients and families suffer due to medical malpractice:
- Surgical errors: Surgery scenarios can be stressful, time-consuming and places where mistakes happen. Sometimes, the wrong body part is operated on, surgical devices get left inside a patient, latex materials are present where the patient has a latex allergy or infections arise caused by poor hygiene from medical staff. Sedation-related medication errors during surgery can surface, too.
- Misdiagnosis: An erroneous diagnosis may lead to a patient undergoing unnecessary treatments or even cost a patient with his or her life. For example, some cancers such as lung, skin, lymphoma and breast may be misdiagnosed. Colon cancer may be mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome.
- Improper medication: Medication errors may come in different forms, too. Perhaps the doctor prescribed the wrong medication or even signed off on the wrong dosage. Sometimes, certain prescription drugs interact with other drugs a patient is taking, leading to potentially dangerous outcomes.
- Childbirth injuries: Complications can surface during childbirth, leading to medical issues for the infant as well as mother. Death can even occur. The child may suffer from facial paralysis, fractures and, among the most severe, lack of oxygen to the brain, leading to lifelong complications. The mother may sustain excessive bleeding and uterine rupture.
Many medical complications are caused by mistakes made by health care staff. These situations are preventable and avoidable.