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Some medical mistakes lead to a malpractice lawsuit

A medical mistake is often more than a simple mix up. In some cases, if the mistake is serious enough, it can result in serious injury or even death.

As a patient, you need to keep a close watch on your medical team at all times. This means understanding their treatment plan and asking questions when necessary.

Here are some of the most common mistakes that lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit:

-- Medication errors. This includes but is not limited to being prescribed the wrong medication.

-- Diagnostic errors. You expect your doctor to diagnose you with the right condition, without delay. If this doesn't happen, it is possible that your condition could worsen.

-- Surgical errors. Nobody looks forward to getting surgery, but this is something that many people go through every year. While most are happy with the final result, this isn't always the case.

Many things can go wrong during a surgery, and in some cases, a mistake is preventable. Common surgical mistakes include leaving an object inside the patient, infection and treating the wrong body part. Any type of medical mistake can have an impact on a person's mind and body.

If you were a victim of medical malpractice, search for a doctor who can help you get back on track. This will put your mind at ease, knowing that you are taking steps towards getting better.

Then, when you are up to it, learn more about your legal rights. You may find that you are in position to make a medical malpractice claim against your provider.

Source: FindLaw, "3 Common Medical Mistakes That Can Lead to Malpractice Lawsuits," accessed July 15, 2016

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