Apr 9, 2013

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What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice?

Most people, if they have a good relationship with their doctor, believe they can always rely on their doctor. After all, the credo of healthcare workers is to practice medicine ethically and honestly. The medical field is heavily supervised in order to ensure that healthcare professionals are familiar and up to date on all training and procedures which will protect patients and maintain the high standards and level of care being given in Spring Valley.

If a doctor or healthcare worker administers treatments or procedures in which they have not received the proper certification and training, or if they neglect to do what is required, and the patient suffers physical damages or even disability that could have otherwise been avoided, this is what we call medical malpractice.

But medical malpractice isn’t just about doctors, it can happen with nurses, psychiatrists, lab technicians, physical therapists and many other healthcare professionals. Here are some common causes of medical malpractice.

• A pharmacist fails to fill a prescription properly and gives the patient something other than what is required. Some medications can cause serious side effects or even death if taken by patients who have allergies or conditions that are adversely effected by certain medicinal compounds.

• Blood is misdiagnosed by a lab technician, causing the patient to be misdiagnosed by their doctor. If you are diagnosed as having liver disease, when you don’t have it, the serious medications and treatments for this could actually cause you to become sick, and all because of a simple lab error.

• An unnecessary procedure is performed on the patient. This is an extreme example, but let’s say you need an operation on your left leg, and you wake up to find that they operated on the right leg. That would be medical malpractice.

* The doctor neglects to take the patient seriously and fails to provide adequate care and treatment for a serious condition.

* The doctor doesn’t have the required certifications to give the advice they are giving out. This type of medical malpractice is very common, but is usually only discovered when the doctor makes a mistake that puts a patient in danger.

Our society has been taught to trust doctors implicitly, even actors who play doctors on TV! However, when something goes wrong you have the right to accuse your doctor of medical malpractice in Spring Valley. When it comes to your health, be present and watchful and ask questions. It’s your body and your life.

At the offices of Reuven J. Epstein, it’s understood that, like any Spring Valley native (and the world beyond), your most important asset is your health. When you need to hire someone to fight for you in a medical malpractice case, contact Reuven J. Epstein.

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