When you fall ill, your immune system is often able to get you back on your feet again. This isn’t always the case though, and you may require further treatment. At this point, you rely on the knowledge and care of doctors and medical staff.
Generally, doctors get it right and make people better. However, they are only human and they can make errors or poor judgments. In fact, some studies indicate that medical errors cause more deaths in the US each year than in road traffic collisions.
1. Errors with a diagnosis
One of the most vital aspects of treatment is making an accurate diagnosis. Not only that, but as some illnesses and conditions are time-sensitive, an accurate diagnosis needs to be made as soon as possible. If your diagnosis is incorrect or delayed, then you’re ultimately not going to get the treatment you require. This can result in further suffering and in severe cases fatality.
2. Medication errors
You’ve been diagnosed accurately. Now, it’s time to find a suitable treatment. While there are medications and treatments that address certain conditions, doctors also need to keep in mind the specific needs of their individual patients. For instance, if you have an allergy to certain products, medical staff will need to keep this in mind. If you are given the wrong medication, your condition will remain untreated and it could even get a lot worse. If you are prescribed medication that you are allergic to, you might develop further complications and even a new condition that puts your life in danger.
More often than not, doctors get it right. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you have been treated negligently while under the care of a hospital or other medical facility, make sure you explore your legal options.