A trip to the doctor can be a nerve-wracking experience for a Cincinnati resident, especially if they are concerned that they may be suffering from a serious medical problem. Often, a visit with a trusted physician relieves a worried person’s concerns and provides them with useful information to improve how they feel. In other situations, a medical visit may be the first step on a long path to a diagnosis and treatment plan.
At every level of medical care, there are opportunities for medical personnel to make reasonable and responsible choices about how to address their patients’ needs. However, not all doctors, nurses, and health care providers act in their patients’ best interests. From diagnosis to surgery to everything in between, medical mistakes can happen and leave patients with worsened conditions.
This post does not offer any medical or legal advice, but the following list provides readers with some common medical mistakes that may constitute medical malpractice and actionable legal claims:
- Failure to Diagnose: Failing to address the medical needs of a patient in a timely manner, or failing to follow differential diagnoses to possible serious medical ailments.
- Surgical Errors: Performing the wrong procedures on patients, or procedures on the wrong body parts, leaving patients with pain and suffering.
- Medication Errors: Giving a patient the wrong medicine while in the hospital, or prescribing a patient a medication that may adversely affect their health due to allergies, other prescriptions, and additional causes.
- Birth Injuries: Failing to identify complications during pregnancy, labor, and delivery that may cause injuries or death to mothers and babies.
When a medical mistake happens, a victim may feel hopeless and as though they are without options. Ohio residents can choose to speak with personal injury attorneys who offer support and representation to victims of medical malpractice. They may find that their losses are compensable through personal injury-based litigation.