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Medical Errors That Can Lead to a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical Errors That Can Lead to a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Most medical professionals strive to do the best work they can every day. However, not even medical professionals are free from scrutiny. Patients rely on doctors and other medical professionals to treat mild to severe conditions. Although cases of medical malpractice aren’t the most common, they do happen. What could lead someone to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor or other medical professional? Continue reading to find out more about when you can and should sue for medical malpractice. Medication Errors  Medication errors can occur in several different ways. To start, your doctor may prescribe the wrong medication for your condition. This can cause serious harm to a patient. Sometimes a certain medication will be given to the wrong patient in a hospital. More often, though, there will be an error in dosage. The doctor may mistakenly write the wrong dosage on the prescription. This may then lead the nurse to administer the wrong dosage. Sometimes a piece of medical equipment will malfunction and cause the patient to intake a larger dose of medication. Incorrect Diagnosis  If the doctor fails to diagnose a condition, this could lead to serious long-term consequences. The doctor may leave a serious condition untreated, causing the patient to miss a vital treatment window. These cases account for the largest portion of medical malpractice lawsuits. Some cases even result in death. Cases of misdiagnosis can be difficult to prove. A misdiagnosis can happen to even the most experienced and skilled doctors. Usually, the doctor’s competence will be compared to a similar medical professional. Childbirth Injuries Childbirth is one of the greatest experiences any of us can ever...

Prescription Medication Safety Precautions

Most Americans take a prescription medication of some kind every day. Whether it is treatment for a chronic condition or a short round of antibiotics, it’s important to follow common safety precautions so your medication provides you with all of the health benefits that it should. 1. OTC Medications Matter Often times when our doctors are getting our medical history and current medications, we leave out supplements or vitamins. Always remember to tell you doctor about any kind of supplementation you include in your daily routine because even other the counter medication can interfere with prescription medication. 2. Follow the Doctor’s Orders Make sure to pay attention to any special instructions your doctor gives you while going over your treatment plan. These instructions are usually included on the bottle or vial of your medication as well, but listening to your doctor’s instructions will enable to you get clarification on anything you’re unsure about. 3. Stick to the Recommended Dosage Unless specifically instructed to, never change the dosage of your medication. This includes taking more than the prescribed amount at a time and taking less. Unless advised to do so, never split your prescription pills in half, crush them, or otherwise tamper with them. Medication is in the form that fits its purpose best; altering this could alter the effects. The prescription strength is calculated based on your weight so make sure to keep your doses consistent and as instructed.   4. Take Your Full Course If you’re prescribed medication by your doctor, take it for the recommended amount of time. Stopping medication early, especially without prior approval from your...