Many of us blindly rely on the expertise of doctors and other health care providers to heal us when we’re hurt or sick, and typically, we recover smoothly. However, medical professionals are human, just like anyone else, and sometimes they make mistakes and act in ways that are not in their patients’ best interest. When patients are harmed due to negligent care, we help hold medical professionals accountable.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
- Improper treatment
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical mistakes
- Prescribing incorrect medications or dosages
- Childbirth injuries
- Failure to disclose known risks and side effects
Verifying the Validity of a Claim
Though you may have experienced one of the unfortunate circumstances mentioned above, there are other factors to consider before making a claim. Here are a few of the things we will look at when evaluating your case.
Does a concrete relationship exist between you and your doctor or hospital?
While this may seem like a simple question, the answer can be unclear if the malpractice occurred under the care of a consulting physician, rather than the original doctor hired. Similarly, hospitals often work with doctors who are independent contractors, which prevents the hospital itself from being liable for any potential wrongdoing.
Did your doctor make the best possible decision with the information they had?
If so, you may not have a solid claim. Still, if you can show that other doctors would have acted more appropriately, you may be able to prove that your physician was negligent.
Did your doctor’s negligence actually cause an injury?
Unfortunately, it may be hard to prove that your provider acted irresponsibly simply because they did not cure your ailment or provide the level of care you hoped for. However, if your doctor’s treatment caused a new injury, there could be clear grounds for a malpractice suit.
Did the negligence lead to specific damages?
An oversight in and of itself may not be enough to file a claim, but an error that leads to physical pain, increased medical bills, or lost wages from work should be analyzed by a trusted attorney.