Why medical malpractice is hard to spot

At my job as a customer service representative, I am encouraged by my supervisors to come clean when I have made a mistake. My supervisors understand that mistakes happen. When I am upfront about errors, the team has an opportunity to correct them and move forward. I love working in a healthy and supportive environment such as that. I know it sounds naive, but I figured that sort of environment existed in most fields. I was shocked to find out that medical field functions in a much, much different way. I was reading about medical malpractice on the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC website and I found out that medical professionals are often quiet about their mistakes in order to avoid a lawsuit.

With the culture of silence around medical malpractice, it is often difficult to tell what constitutes malpractice in the first place. Just because a bad outcome occurs, this doesn’t mean that a doctor committed malpractice. Sometimes doctors do everything that is expected of them, and unfortunate outcomes still occur. Malpractice happens when medical professionals do not meet a minimum standard of care. This is usually described as being negligent towards their patients.

A common form of negligence occurs when doctors misdiagnose patients or fail to diagnose them completely. If you go into a doctor’s office with health concerns and doctors are unable to pick up on signs of a stroke, heart attack or cancer, they are likely being negligent towards you. These conditions are serious and life-threatening. It is a doctor’s job to pay attention to your condition and pinpoint these afflictions.

Another form of negligence happens when you are inadvertently injured during a surgery. If doctors are not careful, they may damage blood vessels, organs or nerves while you are under the knife. This can result in more hospital trips, time away from work, or even greater health complications. Of course, your doctor should be held responsible when their mistakes cost you time and money.

A last form of negligence can happen when doctors prescribe drugs. If doctors prescribe you a dose of medication that causes you to overdose or winds up injured, they are considered negligent. Every doctor has a responsibility to check on the possibility of two drugs interacting in an unexpected way. It’s your doctor’s job to give you the medication to treat health conditions, not make them worse.