People are unfortunately injured frequently as a result of negligent treatment by a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation center, or even advice, diagnoses or treatment given over a telephone. While most of us like our doctors and have great respect for them, an astonishing number of serious injuries, and even deaths, are caused by mistakes made by physicians and other health care providers leading to a possible claim for medical malpractice.
What we are talking about when we refer to medical or dental malpractice is not just a result that we are not happy about, or even a bad result. There are risks inherent in all treatments or procedures by a doctor that we accept. For those results there may be no right to make a claim. You may, however, make a claim for injures or bad results when a doctor, hospital or other health care professional makes a mistake. Mistakes which are caused by the provider’s negligence and result in further problems, such as injury or death, are compensable through a medical or dental malpractice claim.
There are so many areas that these mistakes fall into that they are too many to address here. By way of example, patients have successfully recovered for a provider’s failing to diagnose a condition or injury properly, recommending the wrong treatment, prescribing an improper medication, misreading an x-ray or MRI, ignoring or not taking a patient’s complaints seriously, not seeing a patient in a timely manner or improper treatment after an operation or other procedure. If your doctor or other health care provider has been negligent in one or more of these ways, than you may have a medical malpractice case against them.
Medical malpractice occurs when the standard of care required and expected is not met by the doctor, his or her staff, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other providers . Not every injury or unexpected result can result in a medical malpractice claim, but where the standard of care falls below what is required for your treatment, a claim and/or lawsuit can be made. While perfect results are not always possible, you are entitled to expect that your doctor has the knowledge and expertise to treat your problem and does so carefully, compassionately and in adherence with the standard of care required of them.
If you or a loved one have had a medical procedure that resulted in a worsening of your condition, failure to better your condition or more horribly, death, you should contact us at Glynn Mercep and Purcell, LLP and schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers to find out if a medial malpractice claim is warranted. You should not delay in doing so because there is a strict time limit within which a medical malpractice lawsuit must be brought. If you delay in calling us, you may lose the right to sue for your damages or loss.