Medical malpractice is a serious problem that affects millions of people every year. Even the most minor of mistakes made by a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or another medical professional can cause serious health problems. If you suspect you are the victim of medical malpractice, it's important to recognize the signs so you can receive compensation for your injuries.
Being prescribed or provided the wrong medication is a common sign you are the victim of medical malpractice. Pharmacists can make mistakes in the strength of the medication provided. Doctors can wind up prescribing the wrong medication for your condition. Nurses could administer the wrong medication to the wrong patient.
Another sign of medical malpractice is that something went wrong with your surgery. Surgical mistakes include surgery on the wrong part of the body, surgery on the wrong patient, leaving surgical items inside your body after being closed up and errors with anesthesia.
Was your privacy violated by a doctor, nurse or another medical professional? This often happens when your records are released without your consent or when you overhear staff members discussing your personal information with other patients or other employees.
If your child suffered injuries during birth, he or she is the victim of medical malpractice. You might have also been injured while giving birth to your child and could be compensated for your injuries.
If you have experienced any of the signs discussed here today, it is important that you seek a second opinion from a doctor who is not associated with the doctor who treated you. You should also consider taking legal action against the doctor, hospital or practice responsible for your injuries.