7 Errors Commonly Made by Doctors and Hospitals
It should be every doctor’s duty to provide the highest quality care possible for those that are sick and require treatment. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. In fact, medical malpractice is now the third leading cause of death in the United States. And if a doctor in New Mexico makes a bad enough mistake or fails to uphold his/her basic duty of service, the consequences can continue to affect a patient’s health and safety. And sometimes, doctor / hospital negligence can cause new complications.What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
For a case to constitute New Mexico medical malpractice, you must be able to prove that your medical professional acted carelessly or did not take all aspects of your condition into consideration.
Understanding when you have been involved in an instance of New Mexico doctor negligence is the first step to effectively seeking reparations for medical malpractice. Recognizing there is a problem is the first step to mitigating damages, which is the first step to documenting them and proving that you have been wronged in some way. If you have suffered from any of the following 7 errors commonly made by doctors and hospitals, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
- Wrongful diagnosis
- Even today, the medical field is not an exact field of study. This can include late diagnosis, misdiagnosis, doctor ‘tunnel vision’ or other form of wrongful diagnosis.
- Wrongful medication dosage
- Managing and treating pain is an extremely important aspect of medical treatment. If the dosage is too high, risk of fatality and overdose increase. If the dose is too low, it can create new problems.
- Surgery / procedural error
- During the often high-pressure circumstances surrounding a surgery, doctors and surgeons must be fully aware, present, and able to think and act quickly and intelligently. A patient on the operating table places all of his / her trust in the medical team tasked with accomplishing the surgery.
- If anything goes wrong during surgery that leads to a worsened condition, or even death, and doctor negligence was the cause, you might have a case of malpractice on your hands.
- Chaotic discharge
- Release procedures at the end of treatment is a crucial stage of the hospital’s duties to its patients. If these are hastily done, or done without due diligence, the effects could put you right back in the hospital.
- Hospital-related infection
- After treatment, vigilance can be the difference between infected surgery incisions or bed injury. Conditions like bedsores, infection of old injuries, and even the presence of new injuries can develop if a patient is not carefully monitored and guided into mobility slowly after a procedure.
- Failure to act (on test results, delay in treatment, etc.)
- It is your doctor / hospital worker’s responsibility to take in information and continue to evaluate the treatment procedures they administer relative to every patient’s individual needs. Any breach in their duty of care should not be tolerated, and an experienced attorney can assist in navigating this type of claim.
- Anesthesia errors
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- Administering anesthesia is one of the most important aspects of many procedures in hospitals. When it is carried out carelessly or improperly, it can make your situation worse.
Before you talk to an insurance company or attempt to handle the situation on your own, you need to talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney in New Mexico.
For more information about these 7 errors commonly made by doctors and hospitals, contact one of hospital negligence attorneys from Carabin Shaw today. The New Mexico medical malpractice lawyers from our firm bring more than two decades of experience and service to the table.
Our personal injury lawyers in New Mexico have obtained thousands for those who have sustained further injury or a worsened condition at the hands of a doctor. Our team of personal injury lawyers in New Mexico will sit down with you in the form of a free consultation to answer all your questions and ensure you regain your life. Call one of our lawyers today at 915-779-2301.