After a recent visit to the hospital or emergency room, you may worry the medical professionals made a mistake. What reasons should you consider to determine whether you could have a medical malpractice case?
Always Culture describes prevalent reasons for mistakes in health care settings. Learn whether you should investigate the care you received.
Poor flow of information
If you changed hospitals while receiving treatment or doctors discharged you from one facility and admitted you to another, all your relevant patient data may not have transitioned with you. Poor information flow could mean medical professionals treat a patient without access to all essential medical information, or medical professionals may not have essential test results before treating someone.
Medical teams may experience problems with communication. Physicians, nurses, specialists and patients could have communication gaps, which may lead to avoidable medical mistakes.
Humans make mistakes, but those mistakes could lead to health care errors. Medical professionals may not adhere to the latest health care standards, policies or procedures. Specific examples of human error include mislabeling samples and keeping poor records. Health care professionals could lack the training necessary to take proper care of patients.
Poor medical facility staffing
It helps if medical facilities have adequate staff to take great care of patients and avoid mistakes. That does not mean an understaffed facility always makes mistakes, but it may open the door to avoidable errors and patient harm.
Your health and peace of mind should not suffer from others’ mistakes. If you have a medical malpractice case, you deserve to understand your rights and explore your legal options for recompense.