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How Can A Medical Malpractice Attorney Help You?

Although the vast majority of people undergo medical treatment in the USA every day, for a range of issues, with absolutely no adverse effects, a small percentage of people suffer life altering harm through their medical treatment, some even die. No matter how much training a medical professional has, sometimes they are simply unable to help regardless of their experience or what methods they try. However, an even smaller percentage of people who have died under medical care or suffered catastrophic lifeline complications have done so because of medical negligence.

While medical practitioners will usually give 100% and more to their job, sometimes they simply are not up to their normal standard, and their patients, you, suffer. If you are lucky someone else will pick up their mistake before it does any damage, however, if you are looking at a lifetime of suffering due to their avoidable negligence, a medical malpractice attorney can assist in obtaining a financial payment that can help with the required long-term care, to help give you the financial freedom to take time to grieve, or to simply improve the quality of life available.

When Should You Speak To A Medical Malpractice Attorney?

Often when a patient, or the patient’s family, is the victim of medical negligence they are initially in a state of shock over what has happened. However, once the initial shock has worn off you should consult with a malpractice attorney to discuss if you have been the victim of an unfortunate and unpreventable accident, or if you have actually suffered at the hands of a negligent medical practitioner or system.

What Things Might Be Medical Negligence?

One of the biggest areas of medical malpractice is around incorrect diagnosis. This is a particular problem with female patients, who have a higher likelihood of having their pain or complaints disregarded. It is only recently that suffers of endometriosis are starting to be taken seriously! Read more: https://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/overlooked-or-misdiagnosed-conditions-women

Let’s not forget that women suffering heart attacks do not have the same symptoms as men in the movies, which may explain why the woman or her close family didn’t understand what was happening, but not why a fully trained and experienced medical practitioner missed it.

If tests are taken and the results are not checked, or if the correct tests are not ordered, this is often cause for a medical negligence suit. As is not following up on medical treatment. If you have a life-threatening condition that you are treated for, your medical practitioner should be following up to ensure that you have got the all clear. That there was a computer malfunction meaning your Doctor did not get an automated reminder to check on you is really not your concern! Even less so if the delay in follow-up means that you now have a death sentence.

There are procedures in place post surgery to count the equipment and items that were used during the surgery, this process has been put in place because of the number of people who have undergone surgery and had instruments or foreign objects left in their bodies. This can cause death, as well as an incredible amount of pain, and unfortunately may still occur, despite the procedures that are meant to be followed to ensure this sort of accident doesn’t happen.

It is not only through surgical procedures that malpractice can happen. Bedsores (see here ) are a painful and preventable condition caused when a person is unable to move. This type of malpractice is more commonly seen with elderly and immobile patients, particularly those in a coma or similar state. Because they can occur relatively quickly the majority of hospitals and healthcare facilities have checks and processes in place to ensure that patients who are likely to be affected are moved daily. This ensures that they are not lying constantly on the same pressure point. However, when this process is neglected pressure ulcers can occur – and some never to heal.

What Can You Do?

If you think you have grounds for medical malpractice, gather any medical records or information that you have access to, and see an attorney that specializes in medical malpractice and negligence issues. It is a specialist area that can be very complicated, with different rules, regulations and timeframes that vary from state to state. If you have only limited access to medical records don’t worry too much. If your lawyer feels that you have a case, they will be able to get an order to access all the information they need.

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