How To Recognize Medical Malpractice And What To Do About It

We all like to think that we can trust our doctors and, most of the time, we can. However, medical professionals can still make mistakes that may put your health at risk. When this happens, it is known as medical malpractice and you may have grounds to make a compensation claim against the medical facility.

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Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know what medical malpractice looks like and they fail to make a claim even when they are entitled. These are some of the most common types of medical malpractice that you should be aware of. 

Misdiagnosis 

Misdiagnosis is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. If a doctor examines you and says that there is nothing wrong with you or diagnoses you with the wrong condition, that puts your health at risk. Not getting the treatment that you need or getting the wrong treatment can damage your health further and cost you a lot of money in medical fees, so it’s important that you look into making a claim. However, a misdiagnosis only counts as malpractice if the doctor did not go through all of the right steps to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes, doctors can make mistakes even if they do everything right and that is not considered malpractice. The best thing to do if you are unsure about a diagnosis is to get a second opinion from another doctor. 

Failure To Treat 

Even if a doctor arrives at the right diagnosis, they may fail to provide the right treatment. This puts your health at risk, so you will be able to make a malpractice claim. This usually happens because a medical facility is treating too many patients and they put profit over care responsibilities, so patients get neglected. 

Military Medical Malpractice 

If you are a member of the military or you have a family member that is serving, you may be treated in a military medical facility. Any kind of malpractice in these facilities needs to be dealt with by a military medical malpractice attorney because, in most cases, the malpractice is more serious. Due to the nature of the injuries that are likely to be treated, misdiagnosis or failure to treat can cause life-threatening injuries with long lasting effects. 

Discrimination 

Medical malpractice doesn’t just have to do with diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, doctors may discriminate against somebody due to race, gender, or sexual orientation. It is important that healthcare providers take steps to improve care for LGBTQ patients and other minority patients but, unfortunately, some doctors will allow prejudice to get in the way of their treatment. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, you should speak to a lawyer and see whether you can make a claim. If a doctor fails to take you seriously and make a correct diagnosis because they are discriminating against you, this can put your health at risk so it’s important that you speak up. 

Sometimes, recognizing medical malpractice is difficult but if you feel that something isn’t right, you should always get a second opinion and consider talking to a lawyer. 

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Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton

Earle Dutton is the Chief Blogger and Editor of Equality365.com. He founded Equality365.com in 2013 to provide information about LGBTQ friendly events of interest, and to support LGBTQ entertainers and supportive artists who visit our community. Earle is a successful businessman in the Pacific Northwest with a long history of support for and involvement in, the Northwest LGBTQ community. His personal interests include: music, theater, pets, culinary arts and technology.

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