Medical negligence occurs when healthcare providers deviate from the widely accepted standard of care. Thankfully, patients who experience complications after receiving substandard care are entitled to compensation for their damages. If you think you may qualify for a medical malpractice claim, learn more some of the most common causes for this legal step below.
What Kinds of Errors Constitute Medical Negligence?
Anesthesiologists must review their patients' medical records carefully before administering anesthesia. They must also monitor their patients closely for as long as the drug is in effect. Should they fail to do either, the consequences could be devastating. As such, it's wise to research your surgical team's credentials and litigation history before undergoing any procedures.
When treating patients with medication, there are at least three significant opportunities for healthcare providers to make mistakes: The physician could order the wrong drug, the pharmacist could fill the wrong prescription, or the nurse could administer the wrong dosage. The most effective way to protect yourself from such errors is by researching the drug your doctor prescribes and confirming the package you receive from the pharmacist is correct before taking any medication.
Patients who are misdiagnosed don't get prompt treatment for the conditions they have. What's more, they might end up undergoing invasive procedures for conditions they don't have. To protect yourself from diagnostic errors, seek out a second opinion before starting any intensive treatment.
If you were the victim of medical negligence, turn to Stine & Associates, P.C. to determine how you should proceed. Located in Greensburg, PA, this firm has been advocating for injured, ill, and disabled parties throughout Westmoreland County since 2007. To learn more about the practice, visit their website. To request a consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, call (724) 837-0160.