One of the ways a medical provider can commit malpractice is through misdiagnosis, which can include delaying, completely missing, or giving a wrong diagnosis. Misdiagnosis is a common form of medical error and a leading cause of death.
When you hear of a medical malpractice case, you may wonder how in the world such a life-altering mistake was able to happen. Medical professionals must go through years of training before being able to practice, so making serious medical errors does not make sense, and yet it is the third highest cause of death in the U.S.
After any personal injury, you have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for damages that occurred due to another party’s negligence, carelessness, or reckless behavior. Because medical expenses and time off work can be financially devastating, it is often important to establish fault through litigation in a timely manner.
When you consult a medical professional, you are trusting your health and even your life to this person. In most cases, this trust is fully warranted. However, doctors can make mistakes too. Unlike other jobs, these mistakes can have devastating consequences for a patient. While no doctor can guarantee positive outcomes in every case, physicians must meet certain standards of care; failing to do so can mean legal responsibility for a negative outcome. Most people would rather avoid getting to this point. There may be certain warning signs in your interactions with your doctor that indicate it could be a good idea to consult another physician.
Can you imagine contracting a deadly infection while in a hospital? Unfortunately, hospital-associated patient infections (HAI) are a serious problem. While California hospitals perform better than hospitals nationwide in terms of standardized infection ratios for four types of HAI, they perform worse in two categories: