No one enjoys going to the doctor though it is often necessary for a variety of reasons. The last thing you should expect when you see any type of medical professional is to sustain additional injuries or experience preventable complications. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is common and victims can experience significant losses and pain and suffering as a result. The following are only three examples of how medical malpractice can affect you.
Failure to Diagnose
One of the main reasons we go to a doctor’s office or emergency department is for someone to identify whether something is wrong with your health. If you have symptoms of an illness or injury, a medical professional should have the training and judgment to perform the necessary tests and ask the right questions to correctly diagnose your condition and to rule out other possible misdiagnoses. This does not always happen, however, and some commonly misdiagnosed or undiscovered conditions include:1
- Heart attack/heart disease
Misdiagnosis can significantly delay necessary treatment and can result in the preventable advancement of a condition or even death.
When you go in for a surgical procedure, you are quite literally putting your life in the hands of the surgeon. If the surgeon or a member of the surgical team makes a serious error or has a lapse in judgment, you can suffer serious injuries, including infections, uncontrollable bleeding, nicked organs, and the need for additional surgeries or extended hospitalization. Some surgical errors include:
- Operating on the incorrect body part
- Leaving foreign objects inside a person
- Operating while fatigued or impaired
- Unsanitary conditions
- Inadequate postoperative care
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth Injuries
Birth is a rewarding though traumatic process for both a child and mother. If doctors make mistakes during pregnancy or labor and delivery, many injuries can result that may affect your child for life. Some errors that lead to birth injuries include:
- Inadequate prenatal testing
- Failure to order a necessary C-section
- Improper monitoring of vital signs during labor
- Improper use of forceps or vacuums
Discuss Your Injuries with a Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney
The medical malpractice lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. in Chicago have helped many people who were unnecessarily injured by medical professionals. For more information, please call our office at (312) 924-7575 for a free consultation.