Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor or other medical professional. There are three common categories of medical malpractice relating to a failure to diagnose, improper treatment, and informed consent. A wide variety of situations within these categories can lead to a medical malpractice claim.
A failure to diagnose speaks to a doctor’s failure to discover a patients illness or diagnose an illness as a competent doctor would have in a similar situation. Based on this position of competence, if other actions had been taken which would have resulted in a better outcome, your health provider may be found negligent. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is one of the most common mistakes that result in patient injury or death. Among the most commonly missed diagnoses are stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, cancers and pregnancy related complications.
If a doctor makes a diagnosis and treats a patient in a way that no other competent doctor would, a patient may have grounds for a medmal suit as they were improperly treated. The same can be said if a doctor selects the appropriate treatment, but administers it incompetently. This could range from the choice in medication, surgical procedures, a delay in treatment and more.
If your doctor decides on a course of action, they have a duty of informed consent. Medical providers are required to warn a patient of the known risks of carrying out a treatment option, allowing a patient to elect whether to move forward. If they fail to inform a patient and the patient is subsequently injured by the procedure, medical malpractice may be found.
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