When you enter the hospital for a medical procedure you expect to have your medical problem resolved, not suffer another one. While most medical procedures and surgeries go as anticipated, sometimes there are problems. A mistake can be made before, during or after surgery that can have a devastating impact on your health. Surprisingly, medical mistakes happen quite frequently.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease and cancer are the top two leading causes of death. It is estimated that more than 250,000 people a year die as a result of a medical error. In fact, that estimate may actually be low because there is inconsistency in reporting.
Medical mistakes can and do happen quite often. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional does something or fails to do something that they know could cause injury or death to a patient. Many types of errors could happen during a medical procedure. A patient may be given the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage. Surgical implements can be left inside of a patient or the improper procedure might be performed. The patient may not adequately cared for and an infection may develop or a problem may go unnoticed.
Other times, a misdiagnosis could cause a patient to undergo the wrong treatment or fail to get treated and an illness progresses. These and many other situations could be due to medical errors. Medical mistakes can be cause anything from minor issues to major medical emergencies or death.
What to Do If You Are the Victim of Medical Malpractice
Certainly some illnesses take a turn for the worse on their own and are not always due to medical errors. However, if you were the victim of a medical mistake it is important to talk to a Savannah medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will review the details of your situation and help gather the evidence necessary to prove that a medical mistake occurred.
Always keep documentation and records of all your medical care including the details of doctor and hospital visits. These records will be helpful for your attorney to resolve your case. Medical malpractice lawsuits may need to be filed against any responsible party and may include a doctor, medical professional, medical practice or hospital. Your lawyer will work to negotiate a settlement or the case will proceed to trial.
If medical malpractice has occurred you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills associated with the mistake as well as money for pain and suffering, lost wages and more. An experienced attorney understands how to get the information needed to prove a malpractice claim and will work to ensure that your rights are protected and that the negligent party is responsible for all of your associated damages.
If you are the victim of medical malpractice contact our skilled legal team at The Bader Law Firm for a consultation to talk about your case today.