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.
When Massachusetts residents are hurt by their doctor or a nurse, they usually at least want an apology. While one might think that an apology is an admission of guilt, the medical professional's employer, the hospital, might think otherwise.
This blog often discusses malpractice and how damaging it can be to unsuspecting patients. While a lawsuit often helps these victims recoup their losses and hold negligent medical professionals accountable, it may be difficult to understand the legal process. Many Massachusetts residents know that negligence must be shown, but how exactly is that done?
Massachusetts' residents who elect to have a surgical operation hope that certain steps are properly followed. They want incisions made in the right order, the right body part operated on, and the operation itself to be successful in remedying their problem. However, there are other, seemingly minor, steps that must be taken during a surgical procedure, and failing to do so properly can result in significant harm to a patient.