Like anybody else, health care workers are prone to making mistakes while treating their patients. When these mistakes rise to the level of causing injury to the patient, the victim has a right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against the health care provider.
Injuries resulting from medical negligence can leave the patient with serious complications that can sometimes result in long-term disabilities or even death. But when can you file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Here are some instances when you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a health care provider.
When you have been misdiagnosed
A misdiagnosis involves mistaken identification of the patient’s illness or failure to detect and treat the condition in time. You can file a medical malpractice lawsuit if the misdiagnosis results in the worsening of your condition due to delays in treatment. You can also file a medical malpractice lawsuit if you received treatment for a condition you never had.
When you do not receive treatment for your condition
Sometimes, a patient may receive the correct diagnosis for their condition only to miss out on proper treatment. This often occurs when the doctor has too many patients to attend to making it difficult for them to keep track of their patients’ records and treatment.
When the health care provider uses defective equipment
Medical malpractice can also happen when the health care provider uses defective devices. As a result, the patient may sustain injuries or develop serious complications. Sometimes, a case like that can involve multiple defendants.
Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the US. Find out how you can pursue justice if you or a loved one sustains an injury at the hands of a healthcare provider.