Identifying Medical Negligence
Medical Negligence – How Do You Know if You’re a Victim?
In times of medical need, you rely on trained staff to ensure your safety. Whether you’re undergoing surgery or taking routine medication, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are all employed to promote your well-being. So are nursing home staff and employed caretakers. If a medical mistake is made, the effects are debilitating – sometimes even fatal.
Shockingly, medical negligence legal cases are far more common than we’d like. What’s more, disclosures of mistakes are not always made to patients. This study from Critical Care Magazine reveals that patients are only notified about these errors 1.5-2% of the time.
If you’re not explicitly told about an error in your treatment, how can you identify one? The medical negligence lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere have experience in two avenues of medical errors – medication mistakes and medical malpractice. What’s the difference? We’re here to help you understand.
What are Medication Mistakes?
These can occur in doctor’s offices, care clinics, nursing homes, pharmacies and more. Seniors are particularly vulnerable, as they often rely on others to administer medication for them. Here are a few examples:
- You’re given the wrong dose or brand of medication, or combination of medications
- You’re prescribed medication which you have a known allergy to
- Your pharmacy fills the prescription incorrectly
- You’re given someone else’s prescription
Do you suspect any of the above happened to you? If so, you’ll need to contact a proficient medical negligence lawyer. Garcia & Artigliere have ample experience in this field – please see our full section on medication mistakes.
What is Medical Malpractice?
If you or someone you know is receiving ongoing medical care, you could be vulnerable to the effects of medical negligence. Here are some examples:
- You’re misdiagnosed or your doctor fails to diagnose you with a disease until it has worsened considerably
- Necessary treatment is delayed, or you believe you’re given incorrect treatment
- A mistake is made during surgery, or improper care after surgery leads to infection
- You (or your guardian) are not informed that you require a specific test/exam
Our medical malpractice attorneys know how to handle high-stakes cases. Learn more about our experience with medical negligence legal cases:
If you’ve been a victim of medical negligence, you’re entitled to compensation for your suffering and future care. Garcia & Artigliere want to ensure that you receive what you deserve, and will handle your case with the utmost compassion. For a free case review, contact us today.