Medical malpractice is, unfortunately, something that occurs all too often even from small mistakes that could've been avoided. However, it's important that if it happens to you, that you take the right legal action to protect yourself. Here are the top four common reasons it occurs:
- Anesthesia Problems: The top common problems with anesthesia includes the doctor not being aware of your medical history that suggests you might have a serious reaction to the anesthesia that is administered. Another common problem is not monitoring you properly while under anesthesia. If you have had a problem with anesthesia, be sure to keep all documents of your medical care at this time and talk with a medical malpractice attorney.
- Birth Injuries: Birth injuries are also fairly common and it can happen to both baby or the mother during childbirth. Another reason for medical malpractice in this area could also include you and your spouse not being informed of any birth defect baby might have when born. Whatever the case, it's extremely important that you keep all doctor appointments during your pregnancy regularly and document every appointment and ensure that you have your spouse or a close friend or family member there to help you document your medical attention during labor and your stay at the hospital afterward.
- Misdiagnoses or No Diagnoses: If you go to your doctor because you are concerned about any symptoms and your doctor either does not diagnose you or misdiagnoses you, and you come to find out later that the problem has progressively gotten worse, then you have a medical malpractice case. Be sure to always document regular checkups, especially if you have concerns. This should also include your own account of what was talked about during the appointment.
- Medication Errors: If you were prescribed the wrong type of medication or directed to take more than you needed that ended up in an overdose, you have a medical malpractice here, as well. Be sure to keep track of your medications and always take as directed. If you end up with problems, talk with a medical malpractice lawyer.
When you know some of the top reasons medical malpractice lawsuits are sought out, you can see in which medical situations you should be paying careful attention to. It's also helpful to determine when you should possibly contact a medical malpractice attorney, like those at R.J. Marzella & Associates, P.C., about any treatment you have received that went wrong.