4 Signs You’re a Victim of Medical Malpractice

It is very obvious why the medical profession is handled with so much care. The slightest error could result in lifetime damage, if not death.

According to a source, errors made by doctors in diagnosis resulted in death that numbered up to 400,000 and stands as the third highest killer in the U.S. What this means is that preventable medical mistakes claim more lives than most common diseases on a daily basis.

Like every other person, doctors must also own up to their mistakes and take responsibility for their actions. If they shy away or try to cover it, it is our right to hold them responsible.

A friend of mine once lost his mom by merely relying on what the doctor told him: “everything will be alright,” but he lied. It was later confirmed that the doctor never acted professionally until her condition started getting worse.

Maybe somebody close to you has been a victim of medical malpractice but he doesn’t even realize it. These four signs would point out if you’re a victim of medical malpractice or not.

Delayed diagnosis

Except in emergency situations, the first step expected of every qualified doctor is to identify the cause of an illness before drug administration. Basically, the doctor asks few questions or checks the medical record of the patient.

Thereafter, a test should be carried out to give more information about the disease or ailment. These procedures have to be sequential and must be done at the appropriate time.

However, should there be a situation where any of these procedures is skipped, and a perceived false test or delayed diagnosis is suspected, do know that there might be a malpractice going on.

Inadequate communication

In a consistent and timely manner, every detail about your health must be relayed to you. Every procedure must be performed prior to an express approval.

Furthermore, any process that might have a side effect must be accurately communicated before administration. You should sound the alarm in a situation whereby a doctor is stylishly avoiding your questions and reluctantly giving adequate responses to your probe. Something is about to go wrong.

Skipping core steps

It is difficult to realize when a medical practitioner skips or misses a crucial step in treating your ailment. But you can decipher this by being proactive about your health and conditions. Know your medical history and document every medical journey you’ve been through.

Again, always ask questions if anything isn’t clear to you. With this, when a doctor skips a step in taking your care into account, you could immediately and politely prompt him, for him to know you aren't oblivious to your health condition.

Improper treatments

If there’s no sign of improvement, chances are the health care provider could have diagnosed wrongly. At times, you (or a family member) might sense some unusual changes or feel that something isn't right somewhere.

When you begin to feel this way or when your condition isn’t improving after some time, it could be due to a drug that was wrongly administered. Clearly, point this out to the doctor before the situation gets out of hand.


Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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