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Who's responsible when a doctor makes a mistake?

When you turn to a doctor for treatment, it is with the expectation that he or she will provide quality care. While doctors do make mistakes occasionally, there is a big difference between a mistake or unforeseen outcome and negligence. When doctor errors result in suffering or even death, who is liable?

If a Mississippi doctor's negligence caused you additional pain or caused you to have to undergo additional surgeries and procedures, you may have a valid medical malpractice case. However, it can be rather difficult to prove fault in these cases, and you will find it beneficial to secure the help of an attorney in order to navigate the legal process.

How can you prove negligence?

Medical malpractice claims can be complicated, and it is not always easy to prove that you suffered because of a doctor's actions or mistakes. In order to build a strong malpractice case, the applicant must prove that the medical professional was negligent, as per the following:

  • Violation of the doctor-patient relationship and the duty owed to the patient by the doctor
  • Breach of duty of the acceptable standard of care owed to the patient
  • Existence of at least a causal connection between the alleged negligence and patient injury
  • Proof of injury to the patient

Ultimately, your claim must prove that your doctor violated the acceptable standard of care owed to you as a patient. Building a strong claim is critical to successfully obtaining compensation, and you would be wise to take action as soon as possible after you suffer an injury.

The aftermath of a medical mistake

A medical mistake is not always a big deal, and some errors are easily fixed or have little impact on the health of the patient. However, some mistakes can have detrimental consequences, ultimately resulting in pain, injuries and perhaps even necessitating further surgeries and medical procedures.

Surgical errors, a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and medication mistakes are just a few examples of how just one mistake can have a direct impact on your health, your future well-being and your finances.

Fighting for your full recovery

Suffering from a medical mistake or surgical error can be costly and painful, both physically and emotionally. You do not have to face the aftermath of this experience alone, but you have the right to seek the help of an experienced attorney to hold liable parties accountable for what you suffered. If you believe you may have a valid medical malpractice claim, you would be wise to seek a complete evaluation of your unique case.

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