Medical malpractice is a serious problem that affects thousands of people every year in Kentucky. Doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and other medical professionals need to be held accountable for their actions that cause their patients to suffer serious medical issues. When we go to the doctor, we expect to be diagnosed, treated, and sent home in the hopes of getting better soon. Unfortunately, not all doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals will provide their patients with the high level of care they deserve. Below, you will find common signs of medical malpractice.
Incorrect Diagnosis of Your Condition
One of the most common signs of medical malpractice is that your condition was incorrectly diagnosed. All doctors are supposed to provide their patients with accurate and timely diagnoses. For example, if you are going to a doctor due to the discovery of a lump somewhere in your body, the doctor will use blood and other tests to determine if the tumor is cancerous or benign, and failure to do that may constitute medical malpractice.
Incorrect Medicine Prescribed
Another sign of medical malpractice appears when you are prescribed medication that does not seem to cure your ailment. It is not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe the wrong type of medication, especially if he or she misdiagnosed your condition. When you realize that the medication has not been working, it is time to go back for a checkup and find out what is wrong. Aside from the condition not improving, you could suffer an allergic reaction to the medication, or your condition could worsen.
Mistakes with Surgery
Were you recently operated on? Did the surgery not go well? If so, you might be a victim of medical malpractice. For example, the surgeon might have failed to operate on the correct part of the body, left an item inside your body after closing it up, or even operated on you instead of another patient. A surgeon could also puncture one of your organs while operating on a different area of the body. No matter the mishap, a surgery can go south quickly to the point where it can cause you a lot of pain and be considered medical malpractice.
Symptoms do Not Match the Diagnosis
Do you have a sinking feeling that the symptoms you have do not match the diagnosis you were given? If so, it is possible that you have been misdiagnosed, which is a form of medical malpractice. If you do not get a second opinion,from a doctor unaffiliated with the one who issued the diagnosis, your condition could get worse before it gets better.
Violation of Your Privacy
Was your privacy violated by your doctor or a member of his or her staff? All injuries caused by medical malpractice are not physical. Your medical records are supposed to be confidential. If your doctor shared them with someone outside of the practice without your permission, you might have a claim for medical malpractice.
Contact the Roberts Law Firm Today
Roberts Law Office in Lexington, Kentucky is here to protect you when faced with injuries caused by medical malpractice. Call the firm at 859-231-0202 to schedule a consultation with an experienced member of our team. We will investigate the doctor or other medical professional involved, collect evidence, and file a claim on your behalf.