When you need medical attention in Massachusetts, you expect that the doctor and nurses understand what they’re doing when it comes to your treatment. However, things can happen that result in you filing a malpractice claim.
Failing to make a diagnosis
After tests are performed or information is given to your doctor about your symptoms, the proper diagnosis should be made so that treatments can begin. If your doctor fails to provide the correct diagnosis, then it can lead to taking the wrong medications, which can then result in further health issues. Documents detailing the correct diagnosis and how it’s being treated should be given to an attorney if you plan to file a medical malpractice claim.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with an illness, your doctor should provide the correct treatment that provides the most benefit. Malpractice can occur if the treatment is one that shouldn’t be administered and that likely wouldn’t be administered by other doctors or if the correct treatment is ordered but performed in the wrong manner. Any type of improper treatment can be considered malpractice, which means that you could file a claim involving negligence on the doctor’s part.
If you have any kind of surgery performed, you should be made aware of the risks that are involved. During the procedure, malpractice can occur if your surgeon operates on the wrong area of the body, leaves an instrument behind or fails to properly clean the equipment being used, leading to an infection or another health concern.
Although most medical procedures and office visits result in no issues, there are circumstances that could indicate medical malpractice has occurred. You have the right to file a claim if you suspect that malpractice occurred.