It may be hard to believe, but medical errors are more common than most people in Connecticut realize. While we all go to doctors and hospitals with the expectation that we will receive the best of care and treatment, the reality is sometimes quite different. So, what are some of the most common medical errors?
Under the umbrella of “misdiagnosis,” there are a variety of errors that can occur. For starters, a doctor may not recognize the actual extent of the injury or illness that a patient has and, therefore, fails to order the right types of medical tests. This can be a tragic mistake, leading to serious illnesses going undetected which can, in the worst-case scenarios, result in death. Another misdiagnosis error can occur when a medical professional actually does recognize the extent of the illness in question, but delays in rendering the proper treatment.
Even if a treatment or surgical procedure goes as planned, in most cases there will be a period of recovery, during which the patient needs to be carefully monitored for any setbacks or complications. If a medical professional fails to properly monitor a patient in a post-operation or treatment time period, that may also be a serious medical error.
These are some of the most common medical errors that occur in America, but there are many more. As much as we would all hope to be in the most competent hands when we need medical treatment, the fact is that health care professionals are human, and make errors. Connecticut residents who believe that they may have been the victim of medical malpractice may need to explore their legal options.