Medical malpractice can sometimes be highly complex and difficult to prove. However, some of the most common medical errors can be easier to spot with a little heightened awareness and knowledge of what to look out for. Misdiagnosis, childbirth injuries, medication errors, and anesthesia errors are some of the most common medical errors that are made.
If a doctor fails to diagnose you properly, or delays diagnosis, this can greatly impact you since the window in which effective treatment could have been administered may pass before they realize their mistake. If you sense something is wrong, there might be some truth to it. Compare your experience with doctors you have seen in the past for similar ailments. Is the treatment the same or more lax? Were they thorough? Using a point of reference for similar circumstances can often be helpful for spotting possibly negligent treatment.
Birth injuries often lead to lifelong conditions that forever impact the quality of life for a child. Often, errors stem from a lack of monitoring both the mother and baby. When health care staff neglect to monitor a baby’s heart rate, for example, they could miss clear signs of fetal distress and miss the opportunity to act quickly to deliver the baby safely. Were you ignored by hospital staff? Did it seem like there was either minimal or no attention to the vital signs of you and your child? These could be signs of negligence.