The possible injuries that could be caused by a medical error are endless. A misdiagnosed illness could mean improper treatment is administered which could exacerbate the problem rather than help it. Failure to diagnose an illness could mean no treatment is administered and the patient gets sicker. Prescribing an incorrect medication could result in allergic reaction, toxic interaction, or more. Surgical error could result in permanent physical injury or even death. And these problems could affect not just the patient but also fetuses, resulting in birth defects or sterility.
When you have been harmed by a medical error, on top of the medical problems that prompted you to seek treatment initially, you may also be facing even more medical bills now. Illness and injury often results in time away from work. Loss of wages or an inability to continue working altogether can cause serious financial strain. And financial strain affects not only you, but also your entire family. This kind of physical, mental, and financial struggle can be long lasting or even permanent.