It is estimated that about 200,000 people die each year from medical mistakes. About half of these mistakes are made by doctors. In this blog post, our Dallas medical malpractice attorneys discuss four of the common medical errors made by doctors in Texas.
- Delay in Diagnosis: How many times have you been to the doctor only to be told, “Give it time. It’s nothing serious.” Or “Let’s wait and see what happens.” Most of the time, you wait and you get better. Sometimes, you get worse. If your condition is serious, your life may be put at risk by the delay in treatment.
- Failure to Consult in a Timely Manner: If you continue to feel worse and your doctor cannot make a diagnosis or find a cause for your symptoms, you should be referred to a specialist. When a doctor waits too long to make a referral, you suffer needlessly and your treatment is delayed.
- Cancer Misdiagnosis: When doctors fail to listen to patients and rely on test results, they can miss serious problems. This is especially true for breast cancer patients. Breast cancer can be hard to detect, especially in young patients. One study estimated that one in four mammograms gives false negative results.
- Performing Negligent Procedures or Surgical Errors: Doctors who work long hours, are tired, or are distracted are prone to making mistakes.
Mistakes happen, but when a medical mistake compromises your health and well-being, you have a right to be angry. You also have a right to compensation. To learn more, request a free copy of Dallas medical malpractice lawyer Jeff Rasansky’s book, The Epidemic of Medical Mistakes & Understanding Your Rights, or contact the Rasansky Law Firm at 1-877-405-4313.