You suspect you may have been injured by medical malpractice, but how can you know? Medicine is complicated and requires years of training and experience to truly understand. Doctors and nurses are dedicated professionals. However, even the most careful person can make a mistake. When those mistakes occur in a medical setting, serious injury or death can result.
As a Utah medical malpractice lawyer, I have noticed certain patterns, or signs, of possible medical malpractice. These things certainly don’t prove malpractice, but they may indicate the need to explore, usually with an experienced attorney, the possibility of medical malpractice. Here is the list:
1. Delayed Diagnosis.
Was your cancer, heart attack, infection, or other disease not discovered until it was too late to receive effective treatment? Were your symptoms ignored or attributed to another, less dangerous, disease? Did the health care provider procrastinate needed tests and procedures without adequate justification? These types of things may indicate malpractice.
2. Your Doctor Failed to Order a Common Test or Additional Tests
Some diseases and disorders are treated with a standard series of tests. Failure to perform these tests may be malpractice and may result in misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Sometimes a very simple test can reveal a disease and allow early treatment and even a cure.
3. You Received the Wrong Medication or the Wrong Dosage
Medication errors are quite common in the health care setting. Errors can occur by the prescribing physician, at the pharmacy, or at administration in the hospital. Many medications have similar sounding names and are easy to confuse. Minor changes can result in massive overdoses with devastating consequences.
4. Your Condition Does Not Improve
This is probably one of the weaker signs of malpractice on this list because often people fail to get better even in the absence of malpractice. However, sometimes patients fail to improve because they were misdiagnosed and are receiving the wrong kind of treatment. The wrong treatment or medication will not only fail to improve your condition, it may also make it worse.
5. Severe Bed Sores or Pressure Ulcers
Bed sores, also called pressure ulcers or pressure sores, can develop in a hospital or nursing home setting due to prolonged pressure on the skin. Stage III and Stage IV ulcers can even expose muscle and bone and can become infected. They are usually preventable with proper care, including positioning and movement.
Of course this list is not comprehensive. There are numerous other signs and types of medical malpractice. The only way to know if you have a valid Utah medical malpractice lawsuit is to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. I’ll be happy to talk to you for free about your concerns at The Faerber Law Firm, P.C. at (801) 943-1005.