Medical malpractice is a term which covers many different types of claims.
A good physician is in a position to offer the most valuable service of all to their patients. However in some cases, medical malpractice ends up grievously wounding or actually killing people. Whenever a doctor takes on a new patient, they are taking on a specific set of duties to that patient. Malpractice is when they fail to discharge those duties in a competent manner.
Failure to treat.
In the very worst cases of medical malpractice, doctors may end up not ordering the treatment that might have saved their patient’s life, or they may order the completely wrong treatment and end up causing injury or death because of that. These cases sometimes involve doctors that take too little time with their patients and worry more about their bottom line than they do about providing top-notch medical care. They also occur when the physician is simply incompetent, and they fail to provide the most basic level of services to their patients. However, civil law protects a patient’s right to file a lawsuit against such a physician.
A doctor does not have to be negligent in a way that actually takes a life in order to be liable for a malpractice suit. In fact, a huge number of malpractice claims do not involve death at all. In some cases, the patient is simply given the wrong surgery, and because of that they have to spend time recovering that they otherwise would have spent at work and end up losing wages and incurring medical bills. Pain and suffering are also huge components of most medical malpractice claims.
Filing a lawsuit.
There is almost always a limitation on how long you have to file a medical malpractice claim. The best way to find out if there is a time limit is to speak with an attorney about the matter. In fact, most attorneys offer a free consultation to go over your options and to determine whether or not you have a legitimate claim on your hands. Meeting with a medical malpractice law firm for a consultation is not making a commitment to go through with a lawsuit, so don’t be afraid to investigate your options in this way.