Do well-informed patients have the ability to prevent instances of medical malpractice by advocating for themselves? Not really, as this is a common and pervasive myth that tends to hide the real reasons behind devastating patient injuries. Negligence at the hands of a trusted health care professional should not be blamed on the victim. The main types of malpractice, including failure to diagnose, misdiagnoses and medication error fall on the shoulders of the attending medical provider and not the injured party.
A missed diagnosis is a common cause of medical malpractice in New Jersey. This usually occurs when a physician fails to take a patient's complaints seriously and does not administer necessary treatments or order follow-up testing. Not only can a missed diagnosis cause an illness to progress further than necessary and cause additional damage to the patient, but it can also lead to the patient being prescribed an inappropriate medication.
A diagnosis does not have to be missed for a New Jersey patient to be harmed by a medication error. Some drugs are contraindicated for patients taking certain medications or who are suffering from specific illnesses. Failing to account for the possibility of dangerous side effects or writing a prescription for the wrong dosage can all result in a patient being seriously injured.
Recovery is sometimes possible for victims of medical malpractice, but many people suffer some type of permanent injury. The life-long emotional and physical trauma of doctor negligence can be addressed through the civil courts by filing and navigating medical malpractice claims. The successful settling of such claims usually provides victims and their families with necessary compensation to address damages related to their injuries.
Source: healthaim.com, "Medical Malpractice: What Victims Must Know", Darwin Malicdem, June 1, 2016