When you seek medical attention, you assume that your entire medical team will provide high quality treatment that meets the standard of care for your condition.
Unfortunately, there are times when things don’t go as planned, with your treatment (or lack thereof) having an adverse effect on your health and well-being.
Understanding the many types of medical malpractice can help you protect yourself as well as your legal rights.
- Hospital negligence: Although doctors are primarily responsible for the care of their patients, medical malpractice can also be the result of a staff member, such as a nurse or medical assistant, acting in a negligent manner. An example of this is a nurse accidentally swapping one patient’s chart for another, thus leading to the wrong type of treatment.
- Birth injuries: The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most joyful experiences of your life. With so many details associated with the birthing process, injuries can occur. When an injury results from medical negligence, such as a doctor who waited too long to perform a C-section, it can lead to a lawsuit.
- Misdiagnoses: If you visit a doctor because you’re not feeling well, you expect them to provide an accurate diagnosis in a timely manner. Misdiagnoses or delayed diagnosis can take a toll on your health, especially if a serious illness, such as cancer, is not diagnosed.
- Surgical malpractice: Anyone undergoing surgery is sure to have concerns about their safety. Surgical malpractice takes on many forms, such as operating on the wrong body part, leaving an item inside you or completing the wrong type of procedure. The best way to protect against surgical malpractice is to choose a reputable surgeon and facility.
While these are among the most common forms of medical malpractice, there are others that could come into play when seeking and receiving treatment.
As a victim of medical malpractice, seek a second opinion to ensure that you understand your current situation and the steps you can take to stabilize your health.
As time allows, review the cause of the malpractice and impact on your life. This could lead you to seek compensation from the negligent party.