It’s always difficult, and sometimes embarrassing, to share personal medical information. When patients believe they’ve been the victim of physician malpractice, they are required to do just that. Although some people may find themselves embarrassed by this, once you understand malpractice law and why it exists, you’ll likely understand why some victims of medical negligence take this courageous step.
Physicians have a unique place in society. They have a duty that does not come from being elected or appointed to a high post. They are highly educated, of course, but not all doctors are responsible in their duties and, sometimes, that means their patients suffer. When this happens, medical malpractice laws are there to help victims fight back.
These laws cover more than botched surgeries or treatments. Many cases, around 40 percent of those filed, in fact, are the result of a doctor failing to diagnose a condition. Some occasions it’s imperative that conditions are found early. Doctors sometimes fail to conduct certain tests, misread medical records, and fail to see obvious warning signs, even though they should have known.
Negligence doesn’t necessarily mean incompetence. The doctor could be very good at what they do but some mistakes are not acceptable and, in the field of medicine, many mistakes can be fatal.
Other medical malpractice cases involve patients actually being given a treatment for a condition that they don’t have or the wrong treatment for a condition they do have. A doctor has a duty to their patient to provide the best medical care possible. If they don’t live up to this and their sloppy practice causes real harm, patients have the law on their side.
You’ll have to talk to a medical malpractice law firm to see if you have a viable malpractice claim. If you do, they may recommend pushing forward with the case. The doctor’s insurance company may opt to go to trial to have a jury hear the facts of the case or they may decide to settle with you out of court. There is no way to guarantee that you have a case or that your case will win, but one thing is certain, if you have been wronged by a medical professional, your story will provide the necessary information to move forward with your case