If your loved one suffers an injury or if you feel you've been mistreated while under the care of a medical provider, you're not alone. Thousands of people go through situations in which medical malpractice takes place every year. Errors are made, negligence happens and patients are put at risk.
When you go to the doctor, you expect him or her to do everything in one's power to make you well. Whether you're ailing from broken bones or cancer, you hope that the treatments received will do their jobs and help you feel more like yourself again. With the appropriate standard of care, you should remain as comfortable as possible while receiving appropriate medical treatment.
What happens if a doctor doesn't provide the level of care expected?
Unfortunately, not all doctors provide the level of care you should be receiving. As a result, you may suffer from the mistakes they make. Some may not seek out the right tests for your condition, while others may ignore your complaints. Some make surgical errors while others record your information incorrectly and give you medications that cause complications.
What can you do if you suffer an injury due to malpractice?
When a physician doesn't meet the appropriate level of care, you can seek a medical malpractice claim. Do this by showing that the health care provider owed you a duty of care, failed to live up to the applicable standard of care and that you suffered an injury as a result. You'll need to show your injury to the courts, so keep good documentation on any treatments you have to receive to treat your injuries. It's a good idea to get expert testimony on why your injuries wouldn't have been as severe or exist at all if the medical provider hadn't made an error. With the right information on hand, it's much easier to prove your case.