Improper Treatment – A Medical Mistake so Many Doctors Try so Much to Hide

Aug 4, 2016 by

An 88-year old man suffering from second and third degree burns on his buttocks and heels was admitted to a hospital where he was placed on his stomach, without IV. He was provided a glass of water, only it was placed on a night stand that was out of his reach.

Due to his position, he regurgitated acid from his stomach but couldn’t drink when he needed to. As a result, the acid from his stomach burned his esophagus. After a couple more days, he began suffering from severe dehydration and organ failure. He lost his capability to talk or swallow anything and, after nine days, his body was just too weak to continue bearing the severe suffering. He died.

Though the hospital and the man’s doctor explained to the family that the cause of death was the man’s very weak condition even during admission, this did not hinder the family to go to court to get full disclosure. The medical board that investigated the man’s case found that the hospital was actually guilty of 26 different errors which eventually caused the old man’s suffering and death.

For many patients and patients’ families, questioning a doctors’ judgment is be difficult. Though they have all the right to do so, they worry that this may send a wrong message to the doctor, who may interpret queries as lack of trust. They should know, however, that even the best and very famous doctors, like everyone else, can commit mistakes and that, sometimes, they actually do. Some of these mistakes are improper treatment.

As different from wrong diagnosis, in an improper treatment case, a doctor has correctly diagnosed his or her patient and, therefore, knows exactly what the patient’s health problem is; however, for whatever reason, this doctor provides the patient with the wrong treatment.

There are different ways through which improper treatment may be committed, some of these include:

  •  Giving a patient the wrong dose of a drug;
  •  Prescribing a drug to a patient despite such patient’s known allergy to such drug;
  •  Delaying, rushing, or performing an unnecessary or a dangerous treatment;
  •  Inadequate monitoring of a patient; and,
  •  Failing to take the necessary measures which will prevent a disease.

In their website, improper treatment lawyers from the Hankey Law Office says that it is critical that victims of medical malpractice hold doctors accountable for their actions and get the compensation they deserve. This is because besides the new injuries a patient may be made to suffer, improper treatment also does not address the patient’s original health problem, making this problem worse and, thus, require more expensive medication.

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