Medical errors and mistakes kill an average of 250,000 people every year in the U.S. and are on the rise in California. Some of the most common types of medical errors include misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose a patient, prescription errors, and bad medical devices. Infections can also develop due to tools that aren’t sterile or resistant to some types of antibiotics that are prescribed. Some types of diseases can even spread easily through medical care units.
Improper medical device placement is another cause of medical errors if they’re not precisely positioned. This can lead to painful procedures and can threaten the life of the patient.
How to avoid medical errors
Although medical errors are common, you can still protect yourself by asking questions to ensure you understand why your doctor has selected a specific type of treatment or prescription medication for your condition.
Double-check all prescription medication you’ve been provided to ensure it’s accurate and confirm the dosage with your healthcare professional. It’s also necessary to document everything and follow proper medication reconciliation procedures. Asking questions or speaking up if you have concerns is also necessary to reduce the risk of medical mistakes.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
Contact a medical malpractice attorney if you believe you’ve been a victim of medical errors. A legal professional can review the details of your case and will take a look at the evidence to ensure they can help you seek the compensation you deserve. An attorney can help improve the outcome of the case and help you fight insurance companies and practitioners. They’ll explain the options that are available to cover the damages, lost medical wages, and medical bills due to the errors of medical professionals who provided you with treatment or care.