Common Injuries Caused by Medical MalpracticeMississippi Legal News
As the third leading cause of death, medical malpractice fatalities tend to receive plenty of media attention. However, medical malpractice, more often than not, can be non-lethal, leaving victims with a host of damages and injuries to try and recover from. Beyond the risk of wrongful death, you should familiarize yourself with these injuries, to help you recognize whether or not you may have been a victim of malpractice yourself.
The Aftermath of Non-Lethal Malpractice
Malpractice can manifest in nearly infinite permutations, depending on the patient’s condition and the nature of neglect committed by their doctor. However, certain scenarios are more common than others in the context of medical malpractice:
- Inept procedures: Any medical procedure, done poorly, can do more harm than good. Sponges and surgical tools can be left inside the body, insufficient anesthesia could put someone through immense pain, and a botched procedure could leave someone disfigured and disabled, just to name a few of the harrowing results of an inept physician.
- Unnecessary surgeries: Having unnecessary surgery performed can be just as dangerous as surgery gone wrong, leaving patients with lengthy hospital stays, immense medical bills, and extensive suffering. Correct diagnoses and full disclosure from physicians is vital to ensuring that you only have surgical procedures performed appropriately.
- Infections: After any procedure or when being prescribed new medication, the body can become increasingly vulnerable to infection. Doctors have a responsibility to give you strong post-operative care and ensure that your condition doesn’t deteriorate, yet signs of infectious injury may manifest if they act negligently.
- Adverse drug reactions: Misprescribed drugs, incorrect dosages, allergic reactions to medications, and drug-drug interactions can all have life-threatening implications. Prescribing doctors and pharmacy technicians alike have a responsibility to gather as much information as they can about the medications they recommend,
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis: Early detection is vital for many diseases, such as cancers, making a misdiagnosis significantly more dangerous than one might initially believe. Although making a diagnosis isn’t an exact art, doctors are expected to act competently and stay abreast of the latest medical information when trying to pinpoint a disease or condition.
Note that a doctor’s error does not inherently constitute medical malpractice, nor does being hurt by surgery, prescription, or diagnosis. Medical malpractice only occurs when a doctor makes an unreasonable or incompetent error, which then goes on to cause tangible damages and/ or pain. For example, if a pharmacist gives you the wrong medication, but you notice before taking it, or the medication is simply benign despite being unneeded, you wouldn’t have a malpractice case. It’s always in your best interest to talk to a medical malpractice attorney before making a claim.
Pursuing a Mississippi Medical Malpractice Case
Attempting to prove medical malpractice is fundamentally difficult, as it tends to be highly debatable whether or not a doctor’s error was reasonable and beyond their reasonable control. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to contact Germany Law Firm, PLLC’s Mississippi medical malpractice attorneys at (601) 401-6884 to get the help of a legal professional with specialized experience. We can work to secure you the evidence you need, building you a strong case for compensation in the process.