HOW OFTEN DOES NEGLIGENCE AND MALPRACTICE FACTOR INTO PERSONAL INJURY CASES?
Personal injury lawsuits are often associated with car accidents, or workplace compliance issues that lead to incidents. However, there are many reasons why people pursue personal injury lawsuits that have nothing to do with any of these matters. Many personal injury lawsuits, a total of 15% of in the United States, have to do with negligence and malpractice in the medical fields. The unfortunate reality is that while there are many medical professionals who take their jobs seriously and provide excellent care, there are also some that do not.
HAVE I BEEN THE VICTIM OF NEGLIGENCE OR MALPRACTICE?
It can be difficult to determine whether or not you have a potential malpractice lawsuit on your hands. Many people that are the victims of negligence or malpractice deal with the physical (and often financial) repercussions for years, or perhaps even the rest of their lives. Medical malpractice comes in several different forms. For example, you may be the victim of malpractice if your doctor fails to provide the proper care. Malpractice could also be linked to the doctor identifying the right care, but administering it incorrectly. Sometimes, malpractice is declared when a medical professional fails to properly diagnose a condition, which leads to the patient receiving improper care; or alternately, if the medical professional fails to warn a patient about the risks associated with treatment.
While we would hope that these matters would never occur, unfortunately, they do, which leaves patients recovering emotionally, physically, and financially. Medical malpractice is common enough that doctors are usually required to have malpractice insurance, which will aid them if they are ever sued over medical malpractice.
HOW CAN I PURSUE MY RIGHTS FOLLOWING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you certainly have options. The first thing that you need to do is find a reputable attorney, who can evaluate your case and determine whether or not they would be able to help you. Keep in mind that many attorneys offer free consultations, during which you can discuss your case.
Be prepared for a fight; medical negligence and malpractice is serious, and medical professionals are often backed by their places of work during these lawsuits. However, if you're ready to take on the battle with a good lawyer at your side, you may receive justice.