A medical malpractice lawyer can help you if a doctor has failed to live up to their duties. Whenever you’re taken on as a patient, a doctor is taking on a particular set of duties to you. One is the duty to provide you competent healthcare. When they do not, and when you’re injured as a result, you may be able to sue for malpractice. Doctors, nurses, institutions and dentists can be sued for malpractice. They key to any such case is establishing what duties the practitioner owed you and did not deliver.
In some cases, failure to diagnose is treated as a form of malpractice. In fact, cases where a doctor is being held accountable for failing to diagnose a health problem account for a full forty percent of the total medical malpractice cases brought. There are very good reasons for this. While the actions of a doctor may cause problems in some instances, the inaction of a doctor can be just as dangerous. Imagine, for instance, if a case of diabetes or hepatitis was missed and how badly a person could be injured by that oversight.
Medical negligence on the part of the institution that gives care or on the part of the doctor can both make an already expensive medical problem even more so. In some cases, patients are given the wrong medications or even the wrong surgeries. These situations put the patient’s life at risk for no real reason and can result in considerable costs. The convalescence from one surgery can be long enough. If the wrong surgery is performed, the patient may be facing the lost time and wages that go along with recovering from two separate surgeries. This can be devastating to families financially and cause a lot of pain and suffering, as well.
You’ll have to come up with a figure that covers the damage done to you. Your lawyer will help you come up with a realistic figure for your malpractice claim. Pain and suffering are usually a part of these claims, as well as the medical expenses incurred, plus any that may wait in the future for the person affected. There are situations where the lawyer may negotiate a settlement amount that is acceptable. In others, you will have to go to court to testify about your case. Your attorney will make sure you’re well equipped to do so.