Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences on victims and families. One type of medical malpractice is a failure to diagnose, which can be serious. When a medical condition, such as a heart attack or cancer, is not diagnosed properly it will likely also not be treated properly, or promptly. A medical condition that is not properly diagnosed or is misdiagnosed may result in the patient’s condition worsening which, in some circumstances, can lead to death as a result.
Victims of medical malpractice may be left with medical expenses and additional economic damages, as well as pain and suffering damages. Families of victims of medical malpractice may be left with medical and funeral expenses, as well as the loss of companionship of the loved one and pain and suffering damages as well.
Because of the serious nature of the damages victims of medical malpractice, and their families, may suffer, legal options for recovery of damages may be available through a medical malpractice personal injury or wrongful death claim. If a doctor or other medical professional has been medically negligent in providing timely and quality care, the responsible party may be liable to the victim or the victim’s family for the harm suffered. Depending on the circumstances, doctors, medical professionals and hospitals, among others, may be liable to a victim of medical malpractice.
If you or your loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, it is important to understand your rights as a patient or family members. Protections exist to help patients and their families when they have been harmed when entrusting their medical care needs to a medical professional.