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What do patients file medical malpractice claims for?

Instances of medical malpractice are increasing across the United States. It's believed that increased demand for medical services can be blamed for this. As more demands are placed on the health care system, physicians and other medical providers become stressed and overworked. The extreme pressure that they're under can have a significant impact on the quality of care that they can provide their patients with.

One of the most notable consequences of doctors being under pressure to see a set quota of patients within their workday is that they often misdiagnose conditions. When they do so, this can lead to patients being prescribed the wrong medication or receiving either the wrong type of or unnecessary treatment. A medical condition that goes undiagnosed may also worsen, resulting in a patient's death.

Another ill-effect of increased demands being placed on the health care system is that patients may receive either an incorrect medication or the wrong dosage of the correct one.

If a medical condition requires a surgical procedure, then patients should be weary if their condition worsens after it. If it does, then it may be a sign that a foreign object was left inside of them that shouldn't have been. Anything from a surgical sponge to scissors to a guide wire can cause a patient tremendous discomfort and pain, sever organs, result in an infection, and even a patient's death.

Many medical malpractice claims result from doctors failing to take necessary precautions to diagnose and treat different prenatal diseases like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Other cases rise out of doctors not taking proper precautions to ensure both mom and baby's safety during the delivery process.

If your health has declined after you received the wrong medication, were misdiagnosed, or as a result of having received poor quality care, then a New Haven medical malpractice attorney can advise you of your rights.

Source: Art Voice, "4 common types of medical malpractice claims," Jamie Moses, March 26, 2018

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