People generally hate going to hospitals because they are afraid of discovering underlying illnesses. What is worse is if you get sick from going to a hospital. Doctors and nurses are only human, and they do make mistakes, and these mistakes can be life-threatening.
If you are considering making a medical malpractice claim against a doctor or any medical practitioner, then you must make sure that you can prove your case.
Do I have a claim for medical negligence?
Doctors and hospitals must carry out their duties as healthcare providers by treating their patients with the utmost care and knowledge. Medical negligence is when they injure or harm a patient in any manner due to recklessness or carelessness.
Here are examples of when you may have a claim for medical negligence:
- The diagnosis was wrong
- Surgical errors caused complications
- Wrong medication
- Wrong dosage of medication
- The doctor did not inform you of the risks of the procedure
- The doctor did not disclose other less invasive options
- The anesthesiologist administered too much or too little anesthesia
Every physician and healthcare provider must be fully trained before performing any medical procedure, whether it be a medical examination or invasive surgery. Failing to disclose their own incompetence in a certain medical field willfully or unknowingly while operating in that field makes them just as liable.
Compensation for medical malpractice
A medical malpractice claim must be filed within 2 years from when the patient recognized the injury or disease. You would need to provide expert medical testimony to prove there was negligence in part or in whole unless the negligence is so inherently obvious. Consult with an attorney who has had experience with medical malpractice lawsuits so that they can help you get fair and just compensation.
By bringing your medical malpractice claim to court, you could save other patients from the same struggles you encountered. Healthcare providers should be protecting and saving lives, not adding further insult to injury.