When it comes to your loved ones and medical issues, the last thing you want to worry about is a malpractice lawsuit. In some cases, it may not even qualify as malpractice, but to those of us who aren’t in the medical or legal field, the lines can seem blurry and the details vague.
Bad advice vs. medical malpractice: what’s the difference between them and how can you be sure you qualify for a malpractice lawsuit?
To begin with, you’ll want to really get to know the nature of your case. Is there a relationship with the doctor? Was there negligence or intentional misconduct that led to the injury in question? Is there excessive harm being suffered? All of these are telltale signs of malpractice. You’ll want to examine those basics before moving forward.
Should your case fulfill any of the aforementioned, it’s time to call your lawyer. From there they can offer you guidance and direction on what to do next. Your attorney is there to be your guiding force and help you comb through all of the legal jargon you’ll encounter as well as be a personal advocate for your rights as a patient. Find a good team that will stand behind you and can help you to get to where you need to be.
This being said, accidents happen in all areas of life. Even in the medical field. Sometimes we encounter unforeseen circumstances that lead to complications that never could have been predicted (i.e. an allergic reaction to anesthesia during surgery). This is instead known as a “medical error.”
It’s important to understand that sometimes treatments don’t work and as heartbreaking as it is, you may not always qualify for a lawsuit. The easiest way to maneuver any blurry lines is simply to get your attorney on board early and often and keep them abreast to whatever you or your loved one is experiencing. When dealing with medical issues, the last thing you want to have to worry about is something like this. Focus on getting the care you need, and your attorney can focus on making sure that should anything go wrong, the correct people are being held responsible.