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Not getting better? It could be because of medical malpractice

When you're being treated by a hospital, you want to be able to rest assured that you're receiving quality care from trained professionals. Hospital staff train rigorously to ensure that you will recover as quickly as possible while under their watch. On occasion, however, things can go wrong, and when they do it can have terrible consequences.

Medical malpractice is something nobody wants to think about, but it it's a reality that affects over one million people each year, and is responsible for over 85,000 medical malpractice suits. Medical malpractice comes with its own set of symptoms, so keep an eye out for them if you find yourself feeling worse after a hospital stay.

Symptoms of medical malpractice

If you noticed these conditions where you or a loved one is being treated, you may have valid grounds for a medical malpractice suit, and could be owed compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering.

Diagnosis failure

A medical professional failing to treat or diagnose your ailments when another more competent doctor could is often grounds for malpractice. If you or a loved one have been in and out of the hospital, repeatedly been subjected to tests and still failed to recover, you may want to look to discuss it with an attorney.

Low or exhausted staff

Hospitals can be chaotic places. Medical staff are often spread thin and forced to work long hours - there is a limit to how far a staff can be pushed, though. If you notice a distinct lack of personnel, or if they are unable to properly fulfill their duties because of exhaustion, negligence and injury of patients is almost sure to follow shortly after.

You are not being listened to

You go to the hospital to be given medical attention. Negligence and injury go hand-in-hand with doctors who do not listen to you and fail to give you the individualized attention you need. Hospitals are busy places, but they still need to be timely in delivering your treatment, answering to your questions and providing personalized care.

Improper treatment

Invasive treatments like surgery are frightening. They are also expensive and put a major toll on your body, this is why highly involved treatments are often meant to be a last resort. If you find out that you've received unnecessary treatment, then that is a major oversight on the part of the facility. Each situation is different, but you will likely have valid grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

You and your loved ones visited healthcare professionals to get better. If you leave feeling worse than when you arrived, it may be time to consider legal counsel and a second medical opinion.

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