You may not know that this is a very widespread problem. Ever year people die from being misdiagnosed and treated for the wrong disease. The difference can be life and death! Many of these cases are never recognized and reported. If you are the victim of a case like this, you may not be aware of your rights. This is why it is important to have a clear definition of medical malpractice. You don’t want to have to take the word of the doctors. This is the reason so many cases go unreported.
Every physician must have insurance against these kinds of claims. This is a way of protecting themselves. As the number of suits filed rises, the cost to keep this kind of insurance also rises, causing doctors financial hardships. In addition, the number of providers who sell this kind of insurance has been decreasing. As a result, it is becoming harder for doctors to practice. Many must move to a new location where their premiums are lower.
But what can we file a suit against? If a doctor does not treat a problem correctly, this can cause new problems to arise, and this would qualify. If, through the negligence of the doctor, a diagnosis is given too late for the treatment to do any good, this too is something you can file against. If the doctor applies the wrong treatment for the wrong disease, this is also considered.
There is a variety of things that can go wrong when the patient is under anesthesia or undergoing surgery that are easily preventable by the doctor. The doctor may prescribe the wrong medication for the patient, or the incorrect dosage, and complications can arise. If this is the doctor’s fault, you may be able to file a suit.
These suits are usually expensive and complicated. Before filing, you must keep in mind that you will be required to present many documents. Your physical health and history will become a part of the lawsuit. This is why it is important to document everything that happens involving your health. Even things that seem unimportant may be vital to establishing who is liable. You must be prepared to be under this kind of scrutiny by the court. You must also keep track of all the medications you have taken, and it is good to document individual conversations you have had with your doctor.