For many, the idea of suing a medical professional is abhorrent. After all, why would anyone want to sue someone who has supposedly dedicated their life to saving lives and helping others? It’s amazing to think anyone would pursue legal action.
Sadly, personal injury cases – those relating to medical malpractice – are rarely as black and white as the statement above. No one ever intends to take legal action against their medical team, but when their health and even their life has been neglected and they’ve been put in unnecessary danger, many victims feel as though they have little choice. Especially when they can no longer work and are unable to financially support their families. If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer who works with medical malpractice cases, check out the Bogin, Munns & Munns law firm.
Want to know more? Read on for 3 reasons why people sue their doctors.
Errors have occurred during surgery
No one looks forward to going into surgery. However, you do expect your medical team to be competent and give you confidence that they know what they’re doing. However, errors that occur during surgery are incredibly common in medical malpractice cases. Whether the doctor has caused unnecessary and avoidable tissue damage, left surgical tools inside the patient or has operated on the wrong body part, it’s no wonder that many patients seek compensation and justice.
A birthing injury
No one wants the arrival of their baby to be marred by a terrible medical mishap. Sadly, birth injuries make up a huge amount of medical malpractice cases. From life-changing injuries to the child including Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy and brain damage, to broken shoulders and nerve damage – and in some extreme cases death of the infant or mother. If these injuries were avoidable, then many parents seek justice and monetary compensation to help support their child for the rest of their lives.
Failure to diagnose
If a patient comes to a doctor with a medical issue or concern, and the doctor then fails to diagnose the issue and as a result, the patient dies or receives the right treatment too late, then they could be liable for a medical malpractice case. In circumstances like these, an investigation into the doctors’ conduct will occur. Did they check the patients’ family and medical history? Did they run the relevant tests? Is there anything else they should have done but failed to do so?