In today’s society, many people do not realize medical malpractice is an occurrence steadily on the rise. Every day in hospitals throughout the United States, thousands of surgical procedures are performed ranging from minor day operations such as laser eye surgery to complex organ transplants and open heart surgeries. Each year, thousands of these procedures result in serious health complications and even death. These unfortunate happenings are a result of misdiagnoses, inappropriate treatments, and/or human errors.
Medical malpractice is the leading cause of serious injuries and is also responsible for 100,000 fatalities, and although this is a startling number, what is even more startling is only 10-15 percent of malpractice victims seek legal action. A lot of people do not realize medical malpractice is a big problem because a large number of incidents are private and/or go unreported to the public.
Many people who have experienced medical malpractice fail to realize it because the majority of the general public is undereducated on medical malpractice laws. There is also an underlying sense among a great number of patients that his or her physician’s advanced schooling, medical degree, and years of practical experience makes his or her word authority, going unquestioned. But the reality is doctors and medical care providers are only human, and like all people make they make mistakes as well.
Unfortunately, mistakes happen as a result of human error, and some human errors occur as surgical accidents in medical settings. Several factors can constitute medical malpractice such as a medical practitioner failing to provide patient treatment in a reasonable and timely manner causing the original injury or illness to worsen. In addition, a medical professional failing to diagnose an illness, or flat out treating an illness or injury incorrectly are also reason to believe malpractice may be involved.
Other possible medical malpractice circumstances involve:
- Complications or errors during surgical procedures
- When doctors, surgeons, or nurses misuse prescription / any drug causing harm to patients
- Giving out the wrong prescription, treatment diagnosis, or referral
- Surgical instruments/items left inside the patient after surgery
- Inaccurate levels of anesthesia administrated
- Incisions made into the wrong body part
- Operations on the wrong side or the wrong body part
If you have experienced similar circumstances with a doctor’s negligence, it’s important for you to find your voice and speak up, and avoid the “wait-and-see” approach with respect to your injury. The law requires the pursuit of legal remedies sooner rather than later. This requirement is generally known as the “statute of limitations.” If you fail to file your claim within the statute of limitations you may be forever silenced from bringing your claim forth, regardless of the merit of your claim.
Since medical malpractice lawsuits are confusing, expensive, and complex in nature it is important to hire a medical malpractice lawyer to help present your case. Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as a result of negligence. However, malpractice suits are often complex and costly to win. Therefore, if you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to consult with an attorney who will discuss your case with you, and help you determine your best options.
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