When most people see a doctor for help with a medical matter, their primary concern is usually obtaining the treatment necessary to improve their condition. When seeking this treatment, most are not probably thinking about all of the things that could go wrong. Whether one is thinking about it or not however, they do occur, and patients could find that they are sicker or more seriously injured after receiving treatment, than before. Sometimes this is a result of physician mistakes. Knowing what some of those mistakes are could help a patient prevent them.
Some mistakes arise because of issues in diagnosing the condition. Sometimes people are forced to wait too long in an emergency room for care. Depending on the condition those people are facing, a long wait could cause them to become more ill. Once a patient is seen by a medical professional, while trying to determine what is wrong, a physician could order unnecessary tests that might further harm the patient. For example, if those tests involve radiation, over time they could cause damage. Along those same lines, a misdiagnosis of the condition could lead to harmful treatments or allow an undiagnosed condition to become worse.
Other problems could arise for those who need, or decide, to undergo a surgical procedure. For example, the wrong patient could be operated on. Similarly, the right patient could find that the wrong body part was operated upon. Sometimes a patient undergoes the correct surgery only to later learn that a surgical instrument used in the procedure was left inside of them, causing pain.
An unclean setting can also contribute to serious infections that in the worst cases could lead to the death of a patient.
Those who find that they are the victim of a physician’s mistake might decide to take legal action against the healthcare provider. Contacting a lawyer who has experience with medical malpractice lawsuits is a good place to start.
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