Medical malpractice takes place as a result of negligence, errors or intentional misconduct. It can range in nature from making a surgical error to failing to follow up with a patient with their test results. It can include harassment and ethical concerns as well as intentional injuries to the patients.
Medical malpractice is serious because the medical provider has done something that put a patient’s life at risk. In some cases, the patient does not survive, and their loved ones are left to deal with the consequences.
What should you do if a medical provider makes an error?
In some cases, errors aren’t likely to cause significant harm to the patient. For instance, if there was a single day’s delay in a stage I cancer diagnosis, the likelihood of it causing irreparable harm is low. A few hours’ delay in a diabetes diagnosis, however, could be the difference between life and death for the patient.
If a medical provider makes a mistake and wants to work to fix it, then you should consider that. Medical providers are human, and if the mistake is something that can be reversed or helped, then it may be better to allow that to happen. However, if you have suffered serious complications or lost a loved one because of errors or malicious intent, then it’s time to consider your legal options.
If you are hurt, have lost money and are dealing with the fallout of medical malpractice, your attorney can help. Our site has more on medical malpractice and what to do if you’ve been a victim.