What are Some of the Grounds for Filing a Medical Malpractice Suit?

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People seek medical help because they have an ailment or condition that requires treatment. When those providing the care are negligent in their responsibilities, the impact on patients can be significant. If you believe that the practice or facility providing you with care has failed in some manner, you may have the grounds for filing a medical malpractice suit. Here are a few examples to consider.

Issues with Medication Choices or Dosage

Many conditions can be resolved or at least managed with the use of medication. In the best-case scenario, the physician prescribed the right medicine at a dosage that provides the results you seek. At other times, a different medication or at least a different dosage of your present medication would yield better results.

If the medication triggers additional health issues or makes your condition worse, there is a good chance that some sort of legal action is possible. This is especially true when your health is affected to the point that it’s impossible to continue working or doing many of the things you could do prior to seeking medical help.

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors range from undergoing a procedure that the medical professional assures you is necessary to having something go wrong during the surgery. Perhaps it turns out that you did not need to have an organ removed. Maybe damage to other organs took place while you were undergoing the procedure and nothing was done to repair the damage. Infections caused by less than sterile conditions in the operating room could also be considered negligence on the part of the medical staff. All these situations would merit seeking some type of legal redress.

Improper Diagnosis

Diagnosing you with a condition that is not present causes complications in more than one way. The resulting course of treatment could lead to the development of some other ailment. In the meantime, the undiagnosed medical issue is not being treated and may be advancing at a rapid pace. By the time another medical professional examines you and makes a correct diagnosis, the treatments you need could be physically and emotionally taxing. While you work with your new medical team to get better, hire an attorney to see what can be done about filing a suit against your previous medical professional.

Premature Release From a Medical Facility

The problem was not with the diagnosis or even the course of treatment. Things got bad because you were released from the hospital or other medical facility before you achieved a reasonable level of recovery. The result was that your health took a turn for the worse and you had to go back for additional care.

Assuming you did not exercise your right to check out of the facility when you chose, and the medical team initiated the early release, you could have a reason to seek compensation. A personal injury attorney can look at the facts and determine if you do have grounds for a suit.

These are only a few of the possible reasons for seeking damages through a court of law. Before assuming there is nothing that you can do, consult with a personal injury lawyer and determine if your particular circumstances include grounds for filing a medical malpractice suit. While doing so won’t make the damage go away, the suit could provide the funds you need to cover future medical expenses and make it easier to move on from the incident.