When we visit a doctor or health care provider for treatment of a medical ailment, we expect for them to at least deliver safe, if not effective, treatment to us. The last thing we anticipate is to receive care that jeopardizes our safety – at least, not without our prior knowledge of the risks involved. Because medicine is such a delicate field of work, medical providers must go through ample training and gaining experience before they are allowed to treat patients. They are expected to deliver a very high level of care to their subjects.
When physicians make errors while treating another person, the consequences can be devastating. They need to act right away to remedy the dangerous situations they have created. Failure to do so indicates complete disregard for their patients’ safety, and they may be charged with the crime of medical malpractice.
If you believe that you have suffered injury due to negligence on the part of a physician or other health care provider, then you may have been a victim of medical malpractice. As such, you have the right to recover damages for the extra medical bills you accrued and the unnecessary pain and suffering you endured. If you are unsure about how to successfully do this, then an experienced and qualified medical malpractice attorney can provide you with legal help and guidance.
What qualifies as medical malpractice?
Because medicine is such a complex field, there are many different types of medical malpractice that health care providers can perform. The following healthcare-related mistakes result in approximately 195,000 deaths every year:
- Wrong Diagnosis
- Delayed Diagnosis
- Improper Treatment
- Surgical Errors
- Emergency Room Errors
- Pharmaceutical Errors
- Birth Injuries
- Hospital Negligence
- Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
- Lack of Informed Consent
- Wrongful Death
Malpractice, unfortunately, affects both patients and their families. It can cause a great amount of physical pain, emotional stress, and financial strain. Families that must cover high medical bills, especially when their main wage-earner is the one in the hospital, are placed in very difficult situations. Fortunately, however, these victims do have the right to recover compensation for their losses.