When you see a physician for medical treatment, you expect that he or she will provide you with undivided attention and an appropriate course of treatment. Generally, physicians are some of our brightest citizens, which is why they almost always conduct themselves professionally and responsibly. However, if you received a physician’s treatment and your condition worsened or you were injured as a result of his or her negligence, you are probably enraged at how any trained professional could be so careless with another human being’s health. Unfortunately, this happens more than we’d like to think, and if you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice, you are most likely looking into recovering financial compensation. Here are some of the questions you may have about the process going forward:
How do I know if I am a victim of medical malpractice?
While the repercussions you feel from a doctor making the wrong call are very real and can sometimes be life-threatening, this does not necessarily mean you have a medical malpractice case. Doctors are only human, and they make mistakes. This is why you are required to prove that your injuries or condition have worsened due to negligence, and not just the wrong call. To prove you were injured due to a case of medical malpractice, you and your attorney must first clearly establish that you were indeed this physician’s patient and that he or she owed you a duty of care. You must then prove that your doctor failed to conform to the accepted standard of practice. Next, you will have to prove that your physician breached his or her duty of care and that you were injured as a result. These cases are generally time-consuming and expensive, so you and your attorney must have sufficient evidence proving the incident of medical malpractice has had a substantial impact on your life, otherwise your recovery may be less than the cost of the case.
What are the most common examples of medical malpractice?
Some examples of medical malpractice that have qualified for financial compensation in the past are as follows:
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Failure to order proper testing
- Anesthesia errors
- Premature discharge
- Disregarding or not accepting appropriate patient history
- Improper medication or dosage
- Surgical errors or wrong-site surgery
- Unnecessary surgery
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Poor follow-up or aftercare
- Hospital infections
- Delayed diagnosis
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
If you have been injured in an incident of medical malpractice, do not hesitate to contact our experienced and compassionate firm.
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At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.