You went to the doctor, received treatment, and now you have serious complications or injuries that you did not expect. It is only natural to wonder whether you were the victim of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, there is no way to answer this question without an evaluation of the specific circumstances regarding your doctor’s conduct leading up to your injury.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor causes injuries by providing care that falls below the accepted medical standard. Not every mistake will constitute medical malpractice, so a legal professional who understands medical malpractice claims should examine your doctor’s conduct. Answering the following questions, however, may help you to know whether medical malpractice may have caused your injuries. If you have any concerns, please contact our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys for help.
Did You Receive a Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis?
Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a condition are some of the most common causes of medical malpractice. When a diagnosis is not accurately made in a timely fashion, you can miss out on important treatments, which could cause your condition to unnecessarily worsen or even become life-threatening.
Were Your Complications Related to Surgical Errors?
Surgeons and members of their teams can make serious errors during procedures that leave patients dealing with preventable injuries and complications. If a doctor nicked an artery or damaged an organ during surgery, it may have been due to carelessness, impairment, fatigue, or other misconduct. If you contracted a serious infection, it may have been due to improper sterilization, lack of post-surgery care, or even leaving sponges or other instruments inside of you. In severe cases, a surgeon may even perform the wrong procedure or may operate on the wrong body part.
Did a medical professional make a mistake regarding your medication?
Medications can help us, but they can also cause serious injuries if not prescribed or administered correctly. Doctors can often prescribe the wrong medication or fail to notice an adverse reaction that you may have by taking a certain drug. Hospitals can also make serious mistakes in administering pills to patients, including overdosing or underdosing.
Did You Incur Losses as a Result of Your Injury?
Once it is determined that your doctor was negligent and breached the required standard of care, you must also have incurred actual injury and damages as a result of the negligence. Such damages can include:
- Additional medical expenses for treatment that would have otherwise been unnecessary
- Lost income if you had to miss work due to your injury
- Pain and suffering
If your doctor breached his duty of care and caused you injuries and damages, you have the right to file an insurance claim or sue for medical malpractice to seek compensation for your losses. You should always have a skilled attorney representing you every step of the way to prove your claim.
Consult a Baltimore Medical Malpractice Law Firm Today
If you believe you may have a legal claim, please call to discuss what happened with a Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 or contact us online today.