Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital or health care professional causes injury, or even death, to a patient through an act of neglect or omission. Medical malpractice issues occur every single day; sometimes they go unnoticed and sometimes they are discovered. So how do you know if you have a medical malpractice issue?
There are a few signs to look for if you believe you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice. These signs are not always the result of medical malpractice, but it’s important to be mindful and keep note.
You’re Not Getting Better or Your Treatment Doesn’t Match Your Diagnosis – If you received a diagnosis and are on a treatment plan recommended by your doctor or health care professional, but are not seeing any signs of improvement, or your treatment doesn’t match your diagnosis, there may be an issue or error. This isn’t always a medical malpractice issue but is something to take note of. You should ask for a second opinion or bring your concerns up to your doctor.
Your Doctor Is Not Tending To Your Concerns – If you bring up concerns about your treatment to your doctor and they are unwilling to hear them, tell you that you’re wrong or ignore your concerns, you may have an issue on your hands. This may be a case of bad bedside manner, but requesting a second opinion will help determine if your doctor is mistreating you.
You Are Having Abnormal Issues After Surgery – There are certain side effects or recovery issues to be expected after a surgery. However, if you are getting worse after your surgery or are having abnormal issues, your surgery may have been done improperly, which could be a medical malpractice issue.
You Have a Loved One Who Died at the Hands of Medical Professionals – Unfortunately, people do die during surgery or hospital visits. Sometimes there is nothing else that can be done and all life-saving efforts have been exhausted. However, if it is found that a medical professional did something incorrectly that resulted in the death, that could be medical malpractice.
There are also cases in which you most certainly do have medical malpractice issues on your hands. These are red flags that should be brought to the attention of the hospital and your attorney at once.
Your surgery was obviously done incorrectly
You catch someone on your healthcare team purposely ignoring or omitting information
Someone on your healthcare team admitted fault
You were purposefully told misinformation or misdiagnosed
Medical malpractice should not be taken lightly, so contact an attorney who can help you determine if you have a medical malpractice case.