Medical Injuries? What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
If you feel like your medical treatment resulted in an injury to you in some way—whether intentional or not—you could have the grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. There are many situations that constitute medical malpractice. Here are a few examples that your injury may fall into.
When you are under the care of a medical professional, you are entitled to proper care. This type of care is not related to their customer service or personable skills. Instead, this refers to the medical staff not meeting your medical needs for your illness or ailment. Malpractice can occur when you are given the incorrect medication, if the wrong tests are performed, if you were subjected to painful tests that were not necessary, or if you received a procedure you did not require. You can also have an injury if you did not receive enough or adequate care which later caused you to suffer even more from your illness or injury. These are all issues that could warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit.
You can also suffer from injuries if your illness or injury is not diagnosed correctly or if you were not diagnosed at all. Any pain and suffering you deal with could have been prevented had you been diagnosed correctly. Such a diagnosis can result in your illness lingering longer than necessary and can lead to a more invasive treatment you otherwise did not need if you had been diagnosed properly.
Once you sign up a for a procedure, it is the responsibility of the medical staff to explain all of the risks that are associated with it. If the medical staff or the doctor does not explain the procedure and any risks that are involved, you are then left without the option of opting out if you do not like those risk factors. This is referred to as informed consent. If you are not given informed consent, you could suffer from any of the unnamed risks with the procedure which can lead to further pain and suffering. This could result in even further medical treatment you would not have needed had you been given informed consent for your procedure.
A medical injury can be very traumatic. If you feel your injury falls into a medical malpractice category, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney such as Steele Law Offices, LLC as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your lawsuit.