Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to litigate because you need to prove not just the fact that you had a negative outcome, but that the doctor made a mistake so severe that you ended up with extensive damages which you wouldn’t have had if the surgery was performed correctly. All surgeries come with a certain risk of infection, so it’s possible to develop complications even if the doctor did everything right.
There are some mistakes severe enough that you might have a case for malpractice. Some examples of these severe mistakes would be:
- The doctor left a sponge or other surgical implement inside you, and the infection resulted from that.
- The doctor used improperly sterilized tools, and you got a blood-borne illness like HIV or hepatitis as a result of the hospital’s negligence.
- The doctor operated on the wrong body part or lied to you about your condition in order to perform surgery on a healthy body part that didn’t actually need surgery.
- The doctor wrote the wrong prescription, and the medication you took harmed you.
- The pharmacy gave you the wrong prescription, and you received a medication that harmed you instead of the medication that you were supposed to take.
- You were given a defective medical device.
In some cases, malpractice is the result of a doctor not paying attention or taking steps the necessary steps to keep patients safe. In other cases, it’s a deliberate attempt to make money by performing unnecessary procedures. Sometimes the doctor believed that all precautions had been followed, but the hospital or the pharmacy made a mistake. Sometimes the problem was with a device manufactured by a company that’s not affiliated with the hospital or the doctor in any way.
Determining whether you have a case for medical malpractice can be tricky, and it’s often difficult for a patient to figure out who is at fault even if they know that they have a case. If you think that you have been injured by medical malpractice, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney who has experience with medical malpractice cases.