These are some of the most common medical malpractice errors that affect patients in Atlanta and across the nation.
1. Inaccurate Diagnosis
A wrong diagnosis can result in unnecessary treatment and a delay in getting the treatment that’s actually needed.
2. Prescription Medication Errors
Medication errors can happen in different ways:
● Nurse administers the incorrect medication to a patient
● Doctor prescribes a medication of the wrong dosage or one that interacts with other medications
● Pharmacist misunderstands the doctor’s prescription
● Medication is packed incorrectly
● Patient is given a prescription that was meant for someone else
3. Unnecessary Treatment and Testing
Medical tests and treatments are proven effective, but some doctors may be quick to push unnecessary procedures because they are uncertain of what to do next. Or, they may be under pressure to make a profit.
4. Hospital-Acquired Infections
Many hospital-acquired infections are not life-threatening, but some can be quite dangerous.
5. Miscommunication Among Medical Professionals
Mistakes happen in medical facilities when patients see more than one doctor. An admitted patient may not be properly identified, or a care provider might misunderstand notes written down by a colleague. Sometimes, treatment is given under the assumption that it was already explained to the patient in advance and consent obtained when, in fact, none of that happened.
6. Faulty Medical Equipment
Sometimes errors happen, not because of the doctor or hospital, but because of faulty equipment produced by a separate company.
Have you experienced one of these medical errors? If what happened to you was the direct result of negligence on the part of your care provider, then you may have grounds for claiming medical malpractice.
Contact Race Law Firm to schedule a consultation.
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