The universal idea of going to the doctor is that you will leave feeling better and healthier. However, some people have had the unfortunate luck to leave feeling even worse. It might be hard to pinpoint at times if the increased pain is part of the healing process or an operation gone wrong.
Understanding how to notice the signs of medical malpractice and the actions to take could help someone who’s facing a scary and unfair situation.
How to notice signs of medical malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur before surgery or treatment and after as well. The key is to notice signs that conflict with the hospital’s regulations. Some signs of negligence before treatment includes:
- Not asking consent
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Prescribing the wrong dosage
- Not taking safety precautions
- Failure to diagnose or incorrect diagnosis
While a misdiagnosis and incorrect medication prescription can lead to severe outcomes such as flaring up of other symptoms and even death, negligence during surgery can also result in similar issues. Some things that follow negligent surgery include:
- Increased pain after the recovery period
- Unable to properly function as expected
- Experiencing unrelating symptoms
- Experiencing other mental and physical effects
- Experiencing chronic illnesses or result in death
What is the time limit for filing a claim?
The state of Washington requires medical malpractice victims to file their claim either one year after their discovery of negligence or three years after the negligence has taken place.
What is needed to file a claim?
It can be frustrating for someone who expected to be better after their hospital visit but is now facing the struggle to spend extra money on treatments. A hospital visit gone wrong can put someone out a job and deep in debt. It is essential to determine if you are indeed experiencing a medical malpractice situation. To do this, you will need to have evidence of your doctor’s negligence.
Having all your records in place could help to assist your case better and get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering at the hands of someone else’s negligence.