Improper Treatment is Now More Frequent Despite Medical Advancement

Majority of patients find it difficult to question a doctors’ judgment and, sometimes, if they are able to do so, any kind of answer, even an unsatisfactory one, would be accepted. Some suppose that questioning doctors is a sign of mistrust; patients should know and understand, however, that inquiring about their condition and suggested treatment is their right – it is their lives that is at issue, anyway.

Questioning a doctor’s recommended treatment can be a way of preventing mistakes, particularly, improper treatment. As opposed to wrong diagnosis, wherein there is failure to correctly determine a patient’s health condition or health complaint, an improper treatment case involves correct diagnosis of a patient’s health condition, however, for whatever reason, such patient’s doctor provides the patient with the wrong kind of treatment.

Improper treatment can be committed in many different ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Prescribing a patient with the wrong drug or the wrong dose of drug;
  • Prescribing a drug to a patient despite knowledge that such drug can cause in the patient allergic reactions;
  • Delaying, rushing, an unnecessary or a dangerous treatment;
  • Inadequate monitoring of patient; and,
  • Failing to provide the necessary treatment which will prevent a disease or keep such disease from worsening.

One concrete example of an improper treatment case involves a young man who received his needed kidney transplant. After the transplant procedure, he was prescribed with an extremely strong immunosuppressant drug so that his body would be prevented from rejecting the transplanted kidney. Unfortunately, the kidney he received was cancer-infected and, due to the immunosuppressant drug he was taking, his body was not able to fight off the cancer that came with the kidney. He died due to the cancer.

According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, it is critical that victims or victims’ families hold doctors accountable for their actions or lack of action and get the compensation they deserve. This is because besides the new injuries a patient may be made to suffer or the life-threatening situation a patient may be placed into, improper treatment does not address the patient’s original health problem, making this worse and, thus, requiring extensive and more expensive treatment . . . if the patient survives the mistake committed.

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