If you are dealing with a medical issue following a recent hospital stay or doctor visit, chances are that medical personnel may have neglected to carry out their duty to the fullest degree. Suspicions of negligence, however, and proving such negligence, are two different things. Finding out whether a medical malpractice case is valid requires breaking down the facts of each case to determine whether significant injury did occur to the patient — and whether medical staff performed in a substandard way.
When we enter a hospital or doctor’s office we go in trusting that the professionals will perform their duty to the highest degree possible. It is within this realm that the medical community is obliged to carry out its mission — as their actions directly affect the health and well being of patients. If you are not certain that you’ve been given the best care possible, consider these scenarios that doctors and medical staff will not readily impart to you:
- If medical practitioners did not obtain consent prior to providing medical care — and that care leads to complications — it is the doctor’s responsibility to inform the patient of any negative side effects and outcomes of procedures and medications.
- A misdiagnosis is also grounds for a malpractice case, whether the doctor gave a wrong diagnosis — which could be life threatening — or missed diagnosing certain illnesses.
- Anesthesia is another source of malpractice cases, as improper use or doses of anesthesia can be life threatening. Cases of improper administration of anesthesia are reported every year.
- A medication prescribed improperly can lead to a patient suffering or death. If a patient’s health is compromised from an improper dose of medication or from taking the wrong medication, the case could be one of medical malpractice.
- Medical malpractice may also come into play during childbirth, if damage occurs to the mother or new child. Babies, in particular, are vulnerable to numerous medical complications.
So what can you do if you feel you have been a victim of medical malpractice? Consult a Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorney for advice. It’s not what the doctor tells you — but what he won’t tell you — that can sometimes do you the most harm.