Although advances in modern medicine have extended life expectancy and reduced mortality rates, there is no guarantee of satisfaction with any medical procedure or interaction with medical professionals. Dissatisfaction with the outcome of a procedure does not necessarily mean you have the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
However, your dissatisfaction with the results of medical treatment can be the first sign that something is wrong with the manner in which you have been treated. It may be your first clue that you have an actionable medical malpractice claim.
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you will need to prove that you were harmed by the wrong action or inaction of the doctor or other medical professionals involved in your treatment. This carelessness on the part of your medical team can take many forms, from the omission of risk factors explained to you before a surgical procedure to the prescription of the wrong drug being filled by your pharmacist.
Common occurrences that lead to medical malpractice cases include:
- Prescription drug errors in prescribing, dispensing, or administering the medication
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of diseases or conditions such as cancer, heart attack, or stroke
- Negligent prenatal care or medical mistakes during labor and delivery
- Errors in administering and monitoring anesthesia
- Emergency room errors, such as delayed treatment or failure to run appropriate diagnostic tests
- Surgical mistakes, such as puncturing organs or leaving instruments in the body
As a patient, it can be difficult to determine whether you have been a victim of medical malpractice. If you suspect that any medical professional has been negligent in your care and it led to greater injury, you should consult an experienced medical malpractice lawyer about your potential case.
At Warner Law Offices, our experience handling medical malpractice cases allow us to see the patterns in negligent treatment that may not be immediately obvious to the patient. We can evaluate your case and advise you on how to move forward.