Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare practitioner violates the standard of care that is owed to a patient, and as a result, the patient suffers harm. Studies indicate that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.

If you are a patient in Massachusetts, you seek treatment from a doctor, and you have an adverse result or reaction to that treatment, it can be hard to know whether or not “malpractice” occurred. Indeed, sometimes, even when a doctor does everything they can–and everything that another medical professional of similar background and training would do–the patient does not fare well.

To help you make sense of your case, consider these top signs of medical malpractice. If you suspect that you are a victim of malpractice, it’s important to meet with a qualified medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.

Signs of Medical Malpractice

There are a few signs of medical malpractice to be on the lookout for, especially if you have suffered harm or your condition isn’t improving. These include:

  • You’ve received a different second opinion. If you’ve sought a second opinion from a different doctor, and the second doctor disagrees with your initial diagnosis or treatment, this could be a sign of medical malpractice.
  • You were diagnosed based on a single test. Often times, issuing a correct diagnosis is only possible after the results of many different tests are analyzed and compared.
  • You were never referred to a specialist. Most serious health conditions require the opinion of a specialist to either properly diagnose, treat, or both.
  • Your doctor isn’t answering your questions. If you have questions about your condition or your treatment and your doctor is being evasive or vague, this could be a sign that something suspicious is going on.
  • Your symptoms don’t match your diagnosis. Of course, it’s important to rely on a doctor’s opinion – after all, a doctor is an expert. However, if a basic online search of your condition turns up a list of symptoms with which you cannot identify, this could be a sign that you’ve been misdiagnosed.
  • You’re not getting better. Again, patients don’t always heal, even when they receive the best treatment possible. However, if your condition isn’t improving at all, it may be because you’ve received an incorrect diagnosis or improper treatment.

The majority of signs above pertain to misdiagnosis or improper treatment. However, the list of potential types of medical malpractice is long, and includes surgical errors, medication errors, anesthesia errors, and more. If you have suffered harm at the hands of your doctor, you should consider meeting with a lawyer to discuss your case.

Contact Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. Today

Our Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyers at the law office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. are here to answer your questions about medical malpractice, explain your options if you’ve been harmed, and represent you throughout the entire claims process. We believe that healthcare providers should be held liable for the harm they cause to patients, and our years of experience provide us with the ability and insight that’s necessary to build successful cases. Please reach us today online or by phone to schedule your free consultation and get started.