When we are in need of medical care, we find ourselves in an immensely vulnerable position. Whether we are ill or suffering from a serious or traumatic injury, when we visit the doctor, we are placing ourselves under their professional care. We rely on them to provide for our best interests, to relieve our discomfort, and to help us become well again.
Unfortunately, doctors are merely human. They make mistakes just like everyone else. The difference is that, due to the fact that people rely on them while in these vulnerable states, the mistakes doctors make can have truly dire consequences.
If you or a loved one has suffered unnecessary harm, illness, or injury as a result of a healthcare provider’s negligent or inadequate care, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your suffering via a medical malpractice lawsuit. Today, our medical malpractice attorneys in central Missouri are here to discuss a few signs that may indicate if you have the grounds for a medical malpractice suit.
Indications For A Possible Medical Malpractice Suit
1. The Hospital Is Understaffed.
The United States is currently faced with an alarming physician shortage. Hospitals all over the country are becoming increasingly understaffed at the same time as more and more people find themselves in need of medical care. If a hospital is not properly staffed, patients may find themselves in need of care they are not receiving. They may not receive needed medication, for example, or required assistance to move from their bed to the restroom. If you suffer unnecessarily as a result of inadequate staff, you may have the grounds for a medical malpractice suit.
2. You Did Not Provide Informed Consent.
Before healthcare providers administer care, they are required to ensure that you fully understand everything associated with their efforts. It is their legal responsibility to fully educate you so that you understand the risks associated with accepting (or not accepting) the care that they suggest. This enables you to make informed, educated decisions regarding whether you wish to accept or decline their suggested methods. If you do not provide informed consent, you may be able to pursue legal recourse for undesired, unexpected consequences.
3. You Suffered From Surgical Errors.
Going into surgery is perhaps the most vulnerable medical situation you can face. You are put under general anesthesia, often strapped down to the operating table, and cut into with sharp medical tools. Ideally (and in most situations), the surgeon and the surgical techs are knowledgeable and skilled in their expertise, and the operations go smoothly. If one of the operators makes a mistake, however, the patient may suffer any number of undesirable consequences. If you believe you are suffering unnecessarily because of a mistake that occurred during surgery, you may have the grounds for a serious medical malpractice suit.
4. Your Doctor Did Not Provide An Accurate Diagnosis.
Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis are some of the most serious situations that can arise in a hospital setting. Patients need to receive timely, accurate diagnoses of their medical conditions in order to seek appropriate care. If your physician misdiagnoses your condition, you may receive treatment that is (at best) unhelpful or (at worst) harmful. If your physician fails to diagnose your situation altogether, you may not receive any treatment whatsoever. Either situation may put you at significant – and unnecessary – risk.
Contact Deputy & Mizell, LLC To File A Medical Malpractice Claim
These situations are merely four examples of some of the types of situations that may give rise to medical malpractice claims. If you have experienced any of these scenarios or have for any other reason suffered unnecessary harm at the hands of a medical provider, we urge you to contact our medical malpractice law firm in Lebanon MO as soon as possible. We can help you swiftly evaluate your case to determine whether or not you have the grounds for a legitimate lawsuit. If you choose to pursue legal action, we can represent you throughout the process.
Contact Deputy & Mizell, LLC to schedule your private (FREE) consultation today.