More Maryland Medical Malpractice Errors That SHOULDN’T Happen
Doctors, surgeons, and physicians are supposed to know exactly what to do to take care of a patient’s aches, pains, and medical emergencies. With years of training and experience, there is a basic standard level of care that they should offer to their patients to ensure, or at least increase the chances of, complication-free medical care.
But, far too often, medical care providers fail to adequately perform some of the most basic forms of medical treatment, leaving patients to deal with painful, and sometimes debilitating, complications.
Here are five more medical oversights, in addition to those we’ve previously identified, that could put you at risk of serious medical injury or harm.
- Failure to act on test results – In many cases, patients may have multiple medical issues to address. In some instances, doctors will focus on test results from one or two procedures, while ignoring “less pertinent” ones. This can prove to be extremely detrimental to a patient’s overall health.
- Delays in diagnosis and/or treatment – These can occur for any number of reasons, but when they do, patients run the risk of suffering great harm due to undiagnosed or untreated medical emergencies. Did a patient go to the ER in the middle of the night, with treatments like x-rays, CT scans, or ultrasounds postponed until morning? In many cases, every second counts!
- Inadequate follow-up after treatment – Did a doctor schedule a follow-up appointment in a timely manner after a patient underwent treatment or surgery? This appointment is critical to ensuring that medications were working appropriately, that there were no medical complications that had arisen, and that the patient’s recovery is going as expected.
- Improper patient prep before a procedure – This might involve making sure a patient is off of all necessary medications prior to surgery, or double-checking to be sure a patient followed all dietary restrictions prior to undergoing a procedure. These could affect the outcome, or the success, of a life-altering surgical procedure or test.
- Inadequate monitoring – Vital signs, reactions to medications, and surgery outcomes all need to be monitored regularly to be sure that patients do not experience any adverse, or unsuspected side effects to a particular medical procedure. Otherwise, what one nurse might identify as sleeping might actually be a patient slipping into a coma.
All of us at Lewis & Tompkins would like to remind you to be your own advocate when it comes to your medical care. In some cases, asking those annoying questions like “Can I get a second opinion?” or “What would my primary care physician say about this treatment?” could prevent a serious medical error from occurring.
If you do fall victim to an unnecessary medical mistake, be sure to speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney. We proudly represent clients throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. and may be able to help you with your case, too. Contact us today with your questions.