Medical Malpractice Red Flags

Rispoli & Borneo P.C.

Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you were receiving treatment for an illness or injury by a doctor, then you were probably under the reasonable assumption they were going to make things better. While negative outcomes to a health issue may not mean a doctor committed a mistake, those who feel as though their care was tainted by an error must understand their options. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

Most of us aren’t experts in the legal world, so we may not know for sure whether our circumstances warrant contacting a lawyer. If any of these red flags rings true for you, then you may be the victim of medical malpractice:

You noticed the facility is short-staffed.

A hospital that isn’t sufficiently staffed can lead to a number of problems, such as burnout, not enough nurses to patient ratio, patients going too long without care, and more mistakes.

There was a lack of informed consent.

You may have been presented with information before a surgery, stating that you know the risks involved and wish to still proceed with it anyway. It is the doctor’s duty to fully explain the surgery to you, and if not, then it may be considered a lack of informed consent.

New symptoms have developed.

A treatment plan should be helping improve your health, not becoming a detriment to it. If you have new symptoms for the worse since starting a care plan, then there may be another issue related to incorrect diagnosis or oversight.

Your diagnosis came too late.

A common type of malpractice is the failure to properly diagnose. To have grounds for a claim, it must be proven that another competent doctor would have seen the symptoms correctly and diagnosed the problem accurately and promptly. 

As a Medical Malpractice Attorney from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. knows, there are many more signs that medical malpractice may be happening to you or a loved one, so being informed about the red flags can help you take action if needed.