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Diagnosing medical mistakes

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2022 | Blog, Medical Malpractice |

Medical care can involve anything from visiting an emergency room because of an illness or injury to a routine visit with your primary care doctor in New Jersey. When you seek treatment, the provider typically performs the best care possible so that there are no issues. However, there are some mistakes that can happen that could lead to a malpractice claim.

Diagnosis

A common medical malpractice claim is associated with doctors making the wrong diagnosis or not diagnosing a condition altogether. This can happen because of how similar some conditions are because of their symptoms with some that aren’t seen as often as others a bit more difficult to properly diagnose correctly. If the wrong diagnosis is made, then it could lead to the wrong types of treatment, which could then result in significant health issues.

Prescriptions

Dispensing the wrong medication is a common error that occurs but that could result in a malpractice claim. The prescription could be written wrong by the doctor, or you could be given the wrong dose by nurses or doctors while in the hospital because of errors that have been written on the chart. You could get the wrong prescription or dosage from the pharmacist due to reading the order incorrectly.

Surgeries

Some of the consequences that are associated with mistakes made during and after surgery include infection, the need for more surgery, and death. Errors that can be made in the operating room include performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, not cleaning the equipment properly, or leaving items inside the patient during the procedure.

When seeking medical care, you should receive the best outcome possible. Even with preparation and monitoring, there are mistakes that can occur that involve medical professionals.