Chattanooga Medical Error Law Firm
A medical error is diagnosis that is either inaccurate or incomplete. A medical error is also inaccurate or incomplete treatment of an ailment, illness or symptom. When a medical error is made by a professional within the medical community, the patient will be the one who suffers and will stand a great chance of developing more symptoms, side effects and worsening health.
People that seek medical treatment often believe they will be properly diagnosed and treated because they place their trust in medical professionals’ training and education. However, medical professionals are only human and are known to make mistakes, like medical errors. Unfortunately, when medical professionals make an error, it may be hard for their patients to recover physically. In fact, it is reported that 44,000 to 98,000 deaths result from medical errors each year in the United States and that over one million injuries can be attributed to the mistakes medical professionals make in their offices, in hospitals and in emergency rooms.
Common Causes of Medical Errors
There are several reasons over 1,000,000 people are injured by medical errors annually. Yet, surveys report that the most common causes of medical errors are, in no specific order:
Inexperienced medical professionals (some medical professionals lack the training it takes to provide patients with proper diagnosis and treatment or may not have the background it takes to deal with certain medical conditions)
New procedures (some procedures are new and are in fact, experimental, which means that medical professionals will not have much experience performing these procedures and because of this, patients can be injured)
Miscommunication (physicians may not communicate well with their patients or patients may not accurately communicate their symptoms to medical professionals)
Improper documentation (medical professionals may fail to document treatment or the patient’s diagnosis, which can be catastrophic if the patient receives treatment from other medical staff who are unaware of the patient’s medical history)
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Helping Victims of Medical Error and Negligence in Chattanooga
When you have sustained a serious injury at the hands of a medical professional, you should always speak with a medical error attorney who is experienced in personal injury law and who is prepared to deal with medical related cases like Attorney John Whitfield.