Medical professionals are expected to know what they are doing, and to do it well. That is why doctors have to go through years of extensive learning and immersive training. However, despite how much training a doctor receives or how great his or her reputation, mistakes can still occur that can cause unsuspecting individuals serious harm.
The birth of a child should be a momentous and joyous event in your life, as well as the lives of those who love and support you. In fact, many Massachusetts families, like yours, eagerly await the new addition, and make many plans for the child to come. Yet, despite all the planning, the health of your newborn baby is often dependent on decisions made by medical professionals at the time of delivery. Though many births are successful, resulting in an injury-free event, far too many still result in birth injuries.
There are a lot of documents that can help you with your claim. When it comes to actually proving medical malpractice, your medical records may be especially critical. These documents will indicate your treatment, which an attorney can then analyze to see if that care fell within the acceptable standard of care. If it did not, and you suffered harm as a result, then negligence may be found.
As discussed last week on the blog, medical malpractice can take many forms. Though we often think of medical malpractice in the form of misdiagnosis and surgical errors, mistakes in prescribing medication can be just as harmful, if not more so. Those subjected to a prescription error can suffer significant harm, including a worsened medical condition or death. But what can you do if you have been hurt by one of these mishaps?
Medical malpractice can take many forms. A doctor may fail to diagnose a medical condition, operate on the wrong body part, leave a surgical instrument in an incision, or maliciously cause harm to a patient. While these are all certainly very common forms of malpractice, prescription errors can also cause serious harm to unsuspecting patients.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be tremendously complicated matters. Legal precedence, settlement negotiation, and witness examination and cross examination are just a few issues that must be addressed. In some medical malpractice cases, expert testimony becomes a pivotal piece of the claim. Sound expert testimony either for or against a plaintiff's assertions can be very persuasive to a judge and a jury. Therefore, it is important that Massachusetts residents familiarize themselves with how these experts' claims are assessed, and that their attorneys also know how to do so.
Last week on the blog we discussed medication errors and just how common they can be in the hospital and pharmacy settings. Unfortunately, those who are subjected to a doctor mistake like a medication error are often left with a worsened medical condition. In some instances, the error can even be fatal. On top of the obvious physical harm that can be done, these victims might also suffer from excessive financial and emotional loss.
Medical errors can take many forms. Doctors can fail to accurately diagnose a medical condition, surgical instruments may be left inside a patient during an operation, and medical personnel may fail to properly monitor a patient who is in a dire condition. Another all too common doctor mistake involves medication errors. Unfortunately, far too many patients, including those in Massachusetts, are subjected to medication mistakes, often leaving them seriously injured or even dead.
Yes, depending on the circumstances. The law requires medical professionals to educate you about your medical condition, available treatment options, and the risks associated with each course of action. This information must be provided in a way that is easy to understand so that you can be educated enough to make an informed decision about your medical treatment. Then, when you choose a course of action, you are deemed to have given "informed consent."
In our previous post we discussed an instance of medical malpractice that left a woman dead. While that was a truly sad event, Massachusetts residents may be even more heartbroken to hear that these instances are far from uncommon. And if you are injured by or lose a loved one to medical negligence, you are likely dealing with a complex set of emotions that include sadness and anger.