Doctors are an important factor for our well being. When we are ill, they are a resource to turn to for care. In an ideal world, a doctor diagnoses exactly what is wrong in a minimally invasive way and is able to prescribe medicine to resolve the problem quickly. Doctors do not always get it right the first time but as long as the medical care is reasonable, and you start feeling better, there is usually no harm. However, if you have a sinking feeling that your doctor has been negligent with your care, you may have cause for medical malpractice.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice can apply to anyone in the medical field, such as doctors, surgeons, and nurses, or a location such as a hospital or private practice. When these people and institutions do not live up to medical standards, and a patient gets injured, suffers, or dies because inadequate care, that patient or their surviving family may be eligible for compensation.
In order for a medical malpractice lawsuit to be considered, certain criteria must be met. Health care professionals are required to adhere to standards of care. If those standards are not met, they can be found negligent, which is an important factor to move in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Once negligence is established, suffering because of that negligence must also be proved.
A doctor may have made a poor decision in your care, but if no harm resulted from the mistake, a lawsuit is not likely. What is considered harm can vary. Suffering caused by medical malpractice is not limited to physical harm. Emotional trauma, disability, hardship, and a loss of income because of negligence will also be considered.
As mentioned, just being dissatisfied with a medical professional does not necessarily mean you can sue for medical malpractice. However, if your doctor failed to diagnose a disease, failed to administer tests, refused to follow up, or prescribed unnecessary medicine or surgery and you suffered because of their actions, it is best to seek legal advice. Other examples of medical malpractice are, performing surgery on the wrong patient, leaving medical waste inside a person, an infection acquired while in the hospital, and worsening pain after a procedure.
Contact an Aurora Medical Malpractice Attorney
It is too late for a second option after a medical professional has caused harm due to negligence. What you should not think twice about is contacting an experienced Kane County medical malpractice attorney to discuss your options after experiencing pain and suffering on behalf of a doctor. Call our office at 630-907-0909 to schedule a free consultation.