When you go to a doctor for medical care, you expect to get better. But when the opposite is the case, you might get worried and suspicious. Medical malpractice occurs when medical professionals’ negligence or wrongful actions cause additional harm to your physical and mental health.
Common injuries in a medical malpractice case include infections, drug overdose, allergic reactions, disability, and even death. You should note, however, that not all medical malpractice equals injury to the patient. But all medical malpractice cases are treated with importance.
The question now is, “how sure are you that you are a victim of medical malpractice?” This article will be discussing common signs that show you are a victim of medical malpractice. If your case falls into any of these categories, you need to contact an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Common Signs of Medical Malpractice
You need to prove that the medical provider’s negligence led to your injury in a medical malpractice case. When proving negligence, you must ensure that your case falls under one or more of these signs.
The Prescribed Treatment Is Not Working
If you realize that the treatment your doctor gave to you is not helping with your illness, there is a likelihood that the doctor misdiagnosed you. A misdiagnosis puts you at a higher risk of becoming even sicker or developing additional injuries.
If the prescribed treatment is not working for you because of misdiagnosis, it means the doctor has not addressed the initial sickness you went in for. Furthermore, you might have deteriorated, making it a medical malpractice case.
Surgeries naturally have a lot of risks. However, a well-trained surgeon should be able to avoid some of these risks. Surgical errors that can be classified as medical malpractice include:
- Infection from poorly sterilized tools
- Injuries from being placed on the surgical table carelessly
- Undergoing the wrong surgery
- Death as a result of surgical errors
- Cutting the wrong place
If your surgeon and surgical team commit an error before, during, and after the surgery, they should be held responsible.
Death as a Result of Mistreatment
Losing a loved one is an excruciatingly painful experience. However, when your loved one dies due to a medical error, the pain is multiplied. You should get a wrongful death or personal injury attorney to make sure you get the proper compensation on behalf of the deceased family member. Also, suing the medical professional will ensure you deliver justice to the person who died.
Anesthesia prevents patients from experiencing pain, especially during medical procedures. Unfortunately, there could be mistakes during the administering of a patient’s anesthesia. These mistakes could be the result of the following:
- Failure to control the IV flow rate
- Mistakes with documentation
- Issues with the dosage
These anesthesia mistakes could stem from the medical practitioner not reviewing the patients’ medical history, improper equipment, and failure to monitor their vitals correctly.
The Facility Is Understaffed
When the hospital or healthcare facility you go to for treatment is understaffed, medical malpractices and errors can occur. When there is a lack of adequate staff, there are not enough people to be on deck to take care of patients, and the hospital will have to manage resources. This leads to the patients not getting the proper medical care and attention they require to make a smooth recovery.
Birth injuries are severe medical malpractice cases to the extent that some law firms offer birth injury cases as part of their practice areas. Giving birth to a newborn baby should be a thing of joy. But when the mistake of the medical team leads to you or your baby’s injury, something has to be done. Some common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Forceps marks
- Uterine rupture and pelvic organ prolapse (injuries to the mother)
Are You a Victim of Medical Malpractice? Contact Us at Calvin Smith Law for Help!
Medical errors and practice cause a lot of harm to the victim and their family members. For instance, such victims will experience loss of money, additional pains, and some even lose their lives. This is why you need to engage the services of an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer to guide you through the lawsuit.
At Calvin Smith Law, we ensure those who hurt you pay for their negligence and errors. We do not play around; we get the job done. You get a free case review with us, and you do not have to pay upfront fees. Our attorneys are professional and well-versed in the legal system. So when you contact us today, you can be sure of a high success rate in your lawsuit.