Did you know that the third-highest cause of death in the United States is medical malpractice? Yes, more people die from negligence on the part of healthcare workers than they do from cancer. Surprisingly enough, only a measly 2% of medical malpractice files to claim for compensation.
This is the reality of the situation in the US. You too may be a victim, but you probably don’t even know it. Let’s start from the basics of what encompasses medical malpractice. There are three primary characteristics of the claim that are vital.
- There needs to be a clear violation of the standard of health care that you received
- You got an injury because of the negligence of your healthcare professional
- Proof of damage that was caused by this injury
Medical malpractice happens in all levels of healthcare, and if you were affected at any level, you have equal right to file for a law suit. Medical errors in diagnosis, treatment or aftercare can lead to dire consequences that would have been preventable on the patient’s part.
How do I know I am a victim of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice comes in many forms. With so many areas of contact between patients and healthcare professionals, the problem may occur at any level. You may be a victim of misdiagnosis, wrong medication, a surgery that was not needed or even injury to internal organs during tests.
There are a whole lot of ways that negligence can lead to permanent damage or even death. That is precisely why it is necessary to bring unlawful doctors to justice. The medical profession gives hope to people in dire conditions.
If the dignity of healthcare professionals gets tainted, there is likely to be chaos with people lacking faith in the very people supposed to help them. At least 12,000 people lose their lives to unnecessary surgery every year in the US. That alone is reason to claim for your restitution.
Examples of medical malpractice
One example of medical malpractice that is very common is where a patient is given medication that has more severe effects than the disease it should be treating. A lot of people have been rendered helpless thanks to heavy medication that takes away their ability to perform essential life functions.
If there are alternatives to your situation and your medical professional insists on keeping you on medication that makes your health deteriorate, you have every right to claim for malpractice.
Another example is if your doctor disregards some results from laboratory tests reports. The reason people go to doctors is that they are not able to diagnose whatever is happening to them.
If the so-called professional is negligent on his/her part, you may end up getting worse by taking medication that does not cover the problem.
There are many angles to medical malpractice. If you have proof that a doctor’s or health professional’s negligence led to you getting injured, misdiagnosed, under cared for or otherwise anything they could prevent, you need to seek justice.
What Do I Do If I Am A Victim?
Are you a victim of medical malpractice? Is someone dear to you suffering thanks to medical negligence? Did a healthcare professional you entrusted your health to let you down? There are a few things that you can do to claim for justice.
One thing you can do before getting to your attorney is gathering any information you think can be used to prove your case. This will help in making your claim stronger against the healthcare professional/facility.
Contact a professional attorney that has specialized in medical matters and set up a meeting. This is the first step and an essential step in getting back what you shouldn’t have lost in the first place.
It is wrong for people to die in the hands of people who are considered professionals. While the majority of doctors, nurses, surgeons and healthcare workers are dedicated and vital members of our society, it is the few quacks and crooks in their midst that need to be fished out. That is why we do what we do. Call us today and get what you deserve and nothing less.
Interesting related article: “What is compensation?“