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It is safe to assume that most medical providers in Pennsylvania do not want their patients to know if they have made an error during treatment. Sometimes, such a mistake does not cause any harm at all and is easily corrected. Other times, an error can cost a patient his or her life or good physical condition.

Contrary to popular belief, medical malpractice resulting in injury is not always easy for victims to identify. They may think a worsening condition or the development of additional problems is simply the result of whatever treatment they received. The list below contains three examples of medical malpractice that may go unidentified by the victim.

Medication errors

Taking the wrong medicine can cause harm in several ways. Because you are not taking the right drug, your existing condition could worsen. You could also suffer a severe allergic reaction to the wrong medicine.

Failure to diagnose

In order to receive the right health care, you need a proper diagnosis. If a physician or care provider fails to diagnose your condition accurately, you may have grounds to initiate a claim.

Consent fraud

Medical providers are required by law to make sure you are fully informed about any prescribed treatment or procedure. If a provider fails to perform this duty or outright lies in order to get your consent, it is probably a clear case of malpractice and/or medical battery.

While personal injury attorneys can help you pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can do your part to reduce your risk. Consider getting a second or even a third opinion about any treatment or procedure a doctor recommends. If your condition worsens, you develop additional health problems or you simply feel that something is wrong; seek a medical opinion immediately.

Source: The FindLaw Accident, Injury and Tort Law Blog, “Common Examples of Medical Negligence,” George Khoury, accessed Feb. 16, 2018