Medical malpractice claims are brought for a variety of reasons. What all of these claims have in common, however, is the fact that the doctor breached their duty to their patient, and in doing so, caused an injury.
There are some fairly common scenarios that we can give in order to get a basic idea of what constitutes physician malpractice, but if you feel as though you potentially have a claim, it’s important that you discuss the facts of your case with an attorney ASAP. The longer you wait to have an attorney investigate your case, the harder it gets to bring a successful claim. Here are just a few examples.
Failure to diagnose.
Failure to diagnose is one of the most common reasons that physicians have lawsuits brought against them. Part of a doctor’s duty to their patients is to identify health issues and to offer effective treatments for those health issues. Of course, there are some conditions that are notoriously difficult to spot and there are some instances where a doctor cannot be reasonably expected to have seen them. In some cases, however, the only reason that the diagnosis was not made was pure negligence.
In some cases, a doctor may order a treatment that is not effective for the condition that the patient suffers. Sometimes, this causes further injury as the correct treatment isn’t offered and the patient, therefore, is deprived of needed medical attention for a potentially dangerous condition.
Omission of treatment.
In some cases, a doctor may completely fail to order a needed treatment. This can happen in situations where a chronic condition is at issue and it can happen in situations where the condition is emergent. In any case, when the omission of the necessary treatment leads to injury or death, there may be a case to be made that the physician was negligent in their duties.
Hiring a medical malpractice law firm is the first step in determining whether or not you have been the victim of physician negligence. If you have, the attorney may agree to take your case on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t have to pay them unless they win and that you don’t have to pay them up front. If you feel like you have been the victim of medical negligence, consider scheduling a free consultation with one of these attorneys so that you can sit down with them and discuss your case. If they believe that you do have a legitimate complaint of medical negligence, it may encourage you to go forward with a lawsuit to seek compensation for your pain and suffering as well as your medical expenses.