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Friday, October 21, 2016

How to know if you have a medical malpractice case

By: Michael Schreyer

While the human body might be one of the most incredible machines in existence, it doesn’t mean that it’s completely impervious to harm. Even with the most well balanced diet, plenty of exercise, and perfect hydration levels, you can still get sick or injured. There are few things in this world that are more terrifying than being sick or hurt, especially if you take good care of yourself. Having to go to the Doctor’s can make that feeling even worse. For some people, a trip to the Doctor’s office is a prime trigger for anxiety, that can make that nervous feeling even worse. But we calm ourselves down, swallow our fear, and sit down in the waiting room, waiting for our turn on the table. After all, the Doctor is supposed to help us get better, right?

But what happens if the doctor makes a mistake?

They are human after all, and accidents do happen. However, while making a mistake in the course of your daily life doesn’t tend to be too detrimental, when a doctor makes a mistake, things can become much more serious. When something like this occurs, it is referred to as Medical Malpractice. However, there is a very fine line between a treatment simply not working and an outright malpractice case. The definition of a malpractice case is when a doctor or a medical professional makes a mistake and you are harmed because of that mistake.

What can Result from medical malpractice?

The degrees of what constitute a malpractice case can vary greatly. A simple case would be a doctor prescribing a medication that you have a known allergy to. More extreme cases could be something as terrifying as a surgeon amputating the wrong limb during surgery. While it’s not common, it’s not completely unheard of. Due to the highly sensitive nature of the medical field, a there are any number of things that can go wrong. Especially if a doctor is in a rush or overlooks something. To help protect yourself from any possible mishaps and malpractice, make sure you’re talking with your doctor and have a firm understanding of any procedure that is about to take place, or any medications you are prescribed.

What Should I do if I’m harmed due to malpractice?

Again, a malpractice case can be one of the most difficult cases to face in a courtroom. Not only does it take a keen grasp on the legal system, but also that of the medical field as well, meaning that success is often out of the reach of normal people. If you feel you’ve been harmed during treatment and medical care as a result of malpractice, it is important that you seek legal counsel immediately. With the help of an experienced legal representative, one who both understands courtroom procedure as well as having a strong understanding and experience with medical malpractice cases will give your case the best chance of succeeding. The harm that can come from a medical doctor making a mistake can stay with you for the rest of your life. Protect yourself, and speak with a lawyer. 
About the author: Michael Schreyer is a personal injury attorney in Maryland and is a partner in the firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC.  He is an experienced personal injury attorney, serving the Maryland and Washington, DC area and providing information and advice on his law blog at dcmdlaw.com.
Citation: Boeschen, Coulter. Medical malpractice. Nolo
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