Medical care is expensive. The sum that you pay in the form of medical bills should mean that you have access to competent care that you can trust. While most people go through a satisfactory experience when they receive medical care, some, unfortunately, receive sub-par treatment that negatively affects their health.
Tragically, many patients lose their life or suffer unnecessary medical consequences because the hospital or medical staff did not fulfill their duty to provide competent medical care. If you or a loved one has suffered due to poor medical care, you may be able to seek financial compensation by making a medical malpractice claim. The following are some key examples of situations in which you’ll likely be able to make a medical malpractice claim.
When you are misdiagnosed
If you have certain symptoms that you are concerned about, it is the role of your doctor to conduct the adequate tests and to correctly diagnose you.
Take, for example, a situation in which a person has stomach pain. They tell their doctor, but the physician fails to conduct thorough testing and instead discharges them with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. Their condition worsens and they are later diagnosed with bowel cancer by another doctor. The first doctor’s error may have allowed the disease to progress, and sadly the patient’s prognosis may look less hopeful.
A mistake is made in surgery
When you need to go through surgery, the doctors and surgeons will have a plan for the objective of the surgery and how your operation should proceed. Doing this successfully requires effective communication.
Consider a situation in which a person needs to have their left kidney removed. The hospital papers have all the required information, but the medical professional who prepares the patient for surgery marks the right kidney instead. This error in communication can lead to a surgical mistake with severe consequences for the patient. Competent planning and communication could have prevented this outcome completely.
If you or a loved one has suffered from unsatisfactory medical care, you may possibly be able to show that negligence has taken place. By taking action to file a medical malpractice claim, you may be able to gain back the damages that you deserve.