West Virginia residents who believe they are victims of negligence by a medical professional may be interested in learning that there are three common errors made by physicians and surgeons nationwide. Reportedly, these medical mistakes are high up on the list of leading causes of death in the country. These errors can cause deaths or leave patients with severe mental and physical scars, and they give rise to many medical malpractice lawsuits.
When doctors make diagnostic errors, the consequences can vary. Treatment for a different condition can harm a patient, and so can a decision that no treatment is necessary because the illness went undiagnosed. Undiagnosed conditions that could have been halted at an early stage may be allowed to worsen.
A medication error could lead to death, and it does not only cover cases in which the wrong medication was administered. A doctor may prescribe the right medicine but fail to consider how it would interact with other medication in the system of the patient. In some cases, the side effects of a drug cause harm, and in others, the pharmacists may make mistakes when filling prescriptions.
Many preventable blunders occur during surgical procedures. Wrong-patient and wrong-site errors are often reported, and it is also not uncommon to hear about foreign objects that were left inside patients. Poor hygiene can lead to infections, and improper care could result in an unconscious patient falling.
Any victims of medical negligence such as these need not hesitate to discuss their concerns or suspicions with an experienced West Virginia medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer can assess the allegations and investigate the circumstances. If a lawsuit is viable, he or she can provide the necessary support and guidance in pursuit of monetary compensation for financial and emotional losses.
Source: FindLaw, "3 Common Medical Mistakes That Can Lead to Malpractice Lawsuits", Brett Snider, March 30, 2017