Behind the Curtain: What Areas Are the Most Subjected to Medical Malpractice?


Medical malpractice is no laughing matter. Every single year, more than 440,000 deaths occur as a direct result of it, and this is in the US alone; worldwide, the numbers are even higher. In slightly less tragic cases, the result of a preventable medical error could spell dire news as well, leading to further medical complications. To shed some light on the problem, let’s look at what the healthcare industry is trying to hide from the public eye and list the areas that are the most subjected to medical malpractice:

Diagnosis

If your doctor has failed to diagnose your medical condition, you’re losing valuable time, since you’re not being treated for what’s really going on. Just imagine what would happen if your underlying cancer condition wasn’t detected in its infancy and the doctors decided to treat you for something you didn’t even have. The cancer would spread throughout your body and you could die as a result, even if the whole thing could have been prevented.

Therefore, it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion if you suspect that you’re not getting the standard of medical services that you deserve. Unfortunately, not too many people know their rights, which is why cases such are these are so commonly seen in practice.

Medication

Unfortunately, the age we live in sees the pill as the magical solution for every problem, so it’s no wonder why these get prescribed so often. But did you know that annually, 1.5 million US residents are dealing with medical problems that came to be as a result of wrongly prescribed medication or because of taking the wrong dosage of it due to a doctor’s mistake?

In cases where this could have been prevented and the doctor should have realized the mistake prior to prescribing it, this counts as medical malpractice. If anything similar has happened to you, you are encouraged to seek out the legal support for your malpractice case as soon as possible to rectify the damage done at least to some degree.

Surgery

As you can probably imagine, surgical errors can have some of the most dire consequences on a patient’s body, with cosmetic defects being the least cruel of all possible things that can happen. Surgical errors are not out of the question even when the procedure is considered to be routine. For example, operating on the wrong limb happens more commonly than you would think.

There have been known cases where the operating materials were left inside of the patient’s body or when easily-preventable anesthesia errors have led to further medical complications. As a result of it, many patients have suffered terrible injuries. So if something similar has ever happened to you (or to one of the people you know), refuse to be the victim and seek the legal aid you need immediately.

Conclusion

Medical malpractice seem to be constantly present in the areas we’ve discussed. If you’re lucky enough to come out of it with only a couple of scratches or cosmetic problems, consider yourself to be one of the lucky ones who survived. This gives you a unique opportunity to go after the ones who’ve hurt you through legal means. Although your body will probably never be as new again, a financial compensation for your injuries is well in order to alleviate at least some of your pain and suffering.