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Your rights after a medical error

Every day, thousands of people seek medical care and are treated at hospitals, emergency rooms and doctor's offices. In the majority of these situations, everything goes fine and the patients get the relief they need.

However, many times everything does not go OK, and someone is injured by a medical error. When this happens, the repercussions are far-reaching and can have a life-altering effect on both the patients and their family members.

The cause of medical negligence

There are an almost limitless number of ways that people are injured by medical malpractice. The cases that make the news headlines are often extreme cases involving objects being left inside of a patient after surgery or the wrong medical procedure being performed.

However, medical errors that never reach the news desk, such as a doctor misdiagnosing a patient or failing to diagnosis, can have equally disastrous consequences. The medical field relies on accuracy and precision when diagnosing and treating patients. A mislabeled medication, a typo on a medical record or a problem with a lab can all lead to a patient becoming even more ill or possibly dying.

If you were injured by medical malpractice, you have rights

If you or someone you know has suffered due to a medical error - whether it be a problem with the hospital, a doctor or the care staff - it's important to know your rights and your options. One of the most important considerations you will make is whether to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

It's true that doctors are human and humans make mistakes. However, if a doctor, nurse or other health care professional was negligent in any way, you have a legal claim.

A medical malpractice lawsuit will allow you to obtain the following:

  • Compensation for the medical bills you incurred due to the error
  • Lost wages and reduced earnings caused by the error
  • Additional pain and suffering, physical and emotional, that you suffered due to the mistake

It's also important to remember that even if it was an individual doctor or nurse who caused your injury, the hospital or health care facility may also be held liable.

If you are not sure whether you have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit or want more information about your legal options, talk to an attorney.

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