When you go to the doctor, you rightfully expect that you will be taken care of and your medical concerns will be answered. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In fact, many instances of medical malpractice are so lowkey that you may not even notice malpractice or negligence occurred.
This is why it is so imperative to always seek the help of a medical malpractice attorney if you believe you or a loved one was injured due to a medical professional. Here are three types of medical malpractice that are, unfortunately, all too common in the U.S.
1. Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose
An astonishing 12 million people in the U.S. are misdiagnosed by a medical professional each year. An error in diagnosis means that the patient does not get the timely treatment he or she needs for the condition they are actually suffering from. In addition, they may be prescribed a medication or given a treatment plan that actually makes their condition worse.
2. Prescription Errors
A patient may be given the wrong medication or dosage to take as part of their treatment plan. This can have devastating and adverse side effects on the patient. Many of these types of errors go unreported by the patient, as it can be hard to connect adverse side effects to a medication that a patient believes to be helping them heal.
3. Child Birth Errors
About 20% of medical malpractice cases are made against OBGYN’s, the doctors that take care of pregnant women and deliver babies. In these cases, either the mother, the newborn, or both can be victims of a doctor’s negligence. Common birth injuries stemming from medical negligence include:
- Brain injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Excessive bleeding
- Complications related to cesarean sections
If you or a loved one was injured due to a medical professional’s negligence, it is essential to act fast. These cases can be extremely difficult to prove without the help of a seasoned malpractice attorney who can gather evidence of your case and work to determine which medical professional or parties are responsible for your injuries.
The attorneys at Berthold Law Firm will work to ensure your story is heard. Contact our firm at (304) 605-2040 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Charleston malpractice attorneys.