When you or your loved one requires medical care, you’re literally placing the outcome of your life in a doctor’s hands. While in many cases, a visit to the doctor’s office or the emergency room turns out well. However, there are cases when a patient becomes permanently injured, or dies.
Injuries or death due to the mistakes that a doctor (or his attending staff) commits is legally known as medical malpractice. Sadly, medical malpractice is common enough for state licensing boards to require doctors to carry medical malpractice liability insurance.
Here are a few examples of medical malpractice, along with the impact of how these scenarios could affect you:
Your doctor writes an incorrect prescription: There are instances when a doctor might make an incorrect recommendation of a prescription. This happens if the doctor isn’t familiar with the most effective treatment for an ailment. But this could also occur if the doctor has mis-diagnosed their patient in the first place.
Your doctor prescribes an incorrect medication dosage: Just as dangerous as prescribing the wrong type of medication is prescribing a medication dosage that’s too small, or too great. If the dosage is too small, then the ailment can’t be cured.
Worse, in the case of bacterial infections, an incomplete dosage could cause the bacteria to either become treatment resistant, or spread throughout the body. And a dosage that’s too great could lower or increase blood pressure, cause liver or kidney damage, or cause a patient to die from an overdose.
Incorrect diagnosis: As the name implies, your doctor could botch the diagnosis of your ailment, setting in motion a treatment plan that could leave you unnecessarily incapacitated at the very least, and completely maimed or dead at the very worst.
These are just a few examples of why you or your loved one would need to immediately reach out to medical malpractice lawyers Plainfield. The law offers protection to patients who have been adversely affected by medical malpractice, so contact medical malpractice lawyers Plainfield at BlockLaw.com