Many people have no idea that one of the major causes of death in the United States is mistakes made in a person’s medical treatment. It may be mistakes in the way their medications are administered, errors in treatment, or negligence. Even those who do not die as a result of medical malpractice may face lifelong consequences due to their serious injuries.
However, note that a doctor misdiagnosing a person or making an honest mistake is not always medical malpractice. To find out if your particular case qualifies, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. Otherwise, read on to find out the basics of medical malpractice cases.
Would Another Doctor Have Acted Differently?
The basic way that medical malpractice is defined is whether or not another doctor with similar training would have reasonably acted differently. Would they have found the real diagnosis? Would they have prescribed a different amount of medication? Of course, this is where your attorney will need to work to prove that indeed another doctor would have acted differently.
There Are Many Potential Forms of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can take a number of forms. For example, it can involve delayed treatment, negligent treatment, failure to properly perform a procedure, performing a procedure that is not necessary, or inaccurately prescribing drugs. Medical malpractice could involve a doctor not diagnosing lung cancer, a doctor leaving a sponge in a patient after a surgery, or a doctor overprescribing drugs to a patient.
You May Not Know About the Issue Until It Is Too Late
One of the hardest things about bringing a medical malpractice case is that it is common for a patient to not realize their injuries were due to their doctor acting negligently. It is common for nurses or other staff members to pass on the essential information to the doctor directly and leave the patient out of the loop. It is not until the patient is at home, develops worse systems, gets additional injuries, or dies that the malpractice is discovered.
Proving That Your Doctor Committed Medical Malpractice
In most cases, there will be two main elements to proving your case. First, we will talk to a medical expert who can testify that you were the victim of medical malpractice. They will be best able to establish that you were the victim and what the typical level of care should have been.
We will also get you a second opinion from a doctor who will give you a full workup. We will talk to them about your condition, your treatment, and the results. They can then give their professional opinion about the past case and your current condition.
The best way to get this process started is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We are standing by to help you through this difficult time.