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Know the Signs of Medical Malpractice

  • Whether you are getting regular treatment at the hospital or just receiving treatment for a small amount of time, you will want to make sure you are not a victim of medical malpractice. Some signs are more noticeable than others, but you will always want to know all the signs so you can make informed decisions about what to do and ensure you are getting the best care possible. 

    Not Consenting to Treatment 

    Before receiving treatment, you should always sign paperwork explaining what the treatment is and any symptoms or effects you might start having from the treatment or the medication. If you discover that you have been receiving a treatment you did not consent to, this is medical malpractice. 

    Doctors should only give you treatments you know about and only after you have consented to the treatment. 

    Doctor Admits to Making a Mistake 

    Of course, if a doctor admits to making a mistake, you can prove there was medical malpractice. Not all doctor mistakes are done maliciously though. Sometimes doctors are overworked or tired and make mistakes. 

    You can still file a medical malpractice suit whether the mistake was malicious or not. Many medical professionals will not admit fault though because they don’t want to lose their license or risk losing their job. 

    Death During a Procedure 

    Death is a risk that comes with many surgeries. Some deaths are still the result of negligence though. This is especially true if your loved one was in a stable condition but died after being moved to a different facility or after switching doctors. 

    Death can also happen during surgery if it’s being performed on the wrong patient, or the patient is receiving a surgery they don’t need. Sometimes death can also result in too much or too little of a medication during a procedure. 

    Receiving the Wrong Medication or Dosage 

    It’s the doctors' and nurses’ jobs to give you the right medication and the right dosage. Unfortunately, giving patients the wrong medicine happens much more often than it should. Sometimes you might have received the right medication, but the wrong dosage. 

    Too much or too little of a medicine can be harmful, even if it's the correct one you should be taking. Administering the medication at incorrect intervals is also a serious offense. You should have a set schedule of medicine when you are staying in the hospital, and you should not be given the medicine too early or too late. 

    Get Ahold of a Lawyer Today 

    If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, you should consider contacting a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer from Anderson & Anderson. Partnering with a lawyer can ensure you get all the correct paperwork and information you need to file a successful medical malpractice suit. 

    Call us at 813-251-0072 or visit our fill out the contact form on this page.