Hospitals and doctors see thousands of patients a year. With so many people being treated for a wide variety of illnesses and ailments it is no wonder that every once in a while a patient may receive the wrong medication or undergo a surgery that was intended for a different patient with a suffering from a similar medical condition. With the vast number of procedures and patients being scheduled it is not surprising that every once in a while through no intended accident a patient in one of these busy hospitals receives a procedure that was not intended for them.
When a medical malpractice suit is filed against a doctor or a hospital it is based on the negligence of the offending physician and his or her staff that are responsible for checking the patient’s charts and medical history. Some cases of medical malpractice a doctor or surgeon may have treated the correct patient but done something wrong during the medical procedure. In either of these cases a patient undergoing surgery is required to sign a series of wavers and release forms that are designed to take the blame off the doctors and hospital staff in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.
Although the releases are a protection for the medical staff they do not make any provisions for the patient or patients’ rights. In cases where medical malpractice is suspect a patient has the right to an attorney to help file a suit against the hospital or doctor specifically and lay claim to compensation for their mistreatment while under the professional care of medical experts.