Even though you trusted your doctor to provide you with safe and effective care, these medical professionals are human, meaning that they’re prone to mistakes as much as the rest of us. Yet, when errors are made in the medical field, the results can be devastating, leaving you with a worsened medical condition, a poor prognosis, and physical, emotional, and financial damages that are life-altering.
Although some instances of medical malpractice are so egregious that the mistake that was made is obvious, in other cases it’s hard for victims to tell if they’ve truly been harmed by medical malpractice or if they’re just experiencing symptoms of their medical condition.
Signs that you’ve been subjected to medical malpractice
You might not immediately be aware of the medical error to which you’ve been subjected. That’s why you should be aware of the following signs of malpractice and seek out additional treatment when needed:
- You didn’t consent to the procedure that was conducted, or you were improperly informed of the risks associated with the procedure.
- Your symptoms continue to worsen despite following your doctor’s recommendations.
- You’re experiencing unexpected bruising, swelling, discoloration, or bleeding after your surgery.
- Your doctor doesn’t seem to take your concerns seriously and is instead dismissive of the issues that you’ve brought to their attention.
- You’ve received a differing medical opinion from another doctor.
- Medical providers admit to making an error.
What should you do if you’re seeing these signs of medical malpractice?
Your first step is to seek out the treatment that you need. Once you’ve done that, then you can start thinking about taking legal action. You’ll want to gather your medical records, track your damages, and talk to experts who can help you demonstrate that medical providers treated you in a way that was against the applicable standard of care.
By building an aggressive medical malpractice case aimed at addressing all relevant legal elements, you’ll hopefully be able to find the accountability, closure, and financial support that you need to turn the chapter on this dark part of your life and that will allow you to focus on effectively recovering your life.