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Your vulnerability to medical mistakes may surprise you

With all of the education and training that doctors, nurses and other health care professionals here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere receive, you would think that they know what they are doing 100 percent of the time. Sadly, this is not always the case. In fact, you could find yourself shocked at just how vulnerable you could be to medical mistakes.

After all, medical professionals are human. The problem is that when someone in the health care field makes a mistake, it could cause substantial harm. You have probably heard horror stories about surgical errors in which a surgeon operates on the wrong body part or leaves something inside the patient, but many other mistakes could occur as well. No area of medical care is immune.

Birth injuries to either or both of the mother or child occur far too often. Anesthesiologists have a precarious balancing act in administering enough medication to be effective without overdosing the patient. Many conditions share symptoms, so your doctor could misdiagnose or fail to diagnose your condition all together. The delay in the appropriate treatment could cause you harm and even threaten your life. Even when prescribing medication to you errors can occur anywhere from a doctor to a nurse to a pharmacist.

The above examples are only some of the medical mistakes that occur across the country, including here in Pennsylvania. If your experience does not go as you anticipated, there is a chance it is due to medical malpractice. A thorough review of the circumstances could reveal that you did not receive the accepted standard of care from the medical professionals that were supposed to heal you.

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