When we’re ill, the last thing we need is for even more things to go wrong. Unfortunately, that’s often precisely what happens. Perhaps what’s most alarming is that it often goes wrong at the exact place we’ve gone to make things right again. Yes: I’m talking about going to a doctor, or even going to a hospital.

Things go wrong in these places of care a lot more often than you may think. Some people may think immediately of the sorts of illnesses you can catch in these sorts of places. After all, when you’re there you end up spending time around other sick people. Isn’t there always going to be a risk that something could go wrong in that scenario?

But I’m talking here about something more serious. I’m talking about an actual failure on the part of the people who are supposed to be taking care of you. I’m talking, of course, about medical negligence. (This is sometimes also referred to as clinical negligence. Malpractice is also often used instead of negligence.)

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When these things happen, people often don’t know where to turn. But you have to remember that this is a business that you’re paying for. Whether it’s via taxes, insurance, or direct billing, you’re paying for this service. And if a facility fails in their care in a negligent way? Then they’ve not fulfilled their part of the bargain. At the same time, they’ve put you at severe risk. You can actually enlist the help of professional negligence solicitors if you’ve had this problem.

Of course, it’s best to proceed with a knowledge of what the most common errors are when it comes to medical care. This way, you can take steps to ensure you don’t succumb to the worst effects of such instances.

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Surgical errors

These are probably the most common type of medical negligence claim. However, it’s important to understand that it’s not actually the most common type of error. The stats here are skewed slightly by people who expected perfect results from cosmetic procedures. Most, therefore, don’t win. But a surgical error could, of course, be extremely serious.

Misdiagnosis

A lot of health problems share the same symptoms. In fact, some very serious ailments are known to appear as common and non-threatening ones. So how does misdiagnosis differ from an understandable mistake? An investigation would be carried out to survey the evidence available to the doctor at the time. If there was any sign that something else was afoot, the doctor may be found guilty of misdiagnosis. Alarmingly, cancer is the most commonly missed ailment in such situations.

Prescription errors

Many, if not most, people who take prescription drugs suffer unfriendly side effects. But what if it’s more than simply an unpleasant side effect? What if a patient is prescribed something that actually worsens their condition? What if they’re prescribed two drugs that have dangerous interactions with each other? If prescribed medicines cause an injury, then it’s likely the person who treated you has violated the standard of care. If there’s a prescription error but no injury occurs, there won’t be grounds for legal action. You would just have to count yourself lucky!