When you go to the doctor, you expect to receive quality medical care and support from a trained medical professional. In fact, you probably assume that you will also get the right diagnosis and the proper treatment for your specific illness. Unfortunately, that may not happen. Many Mississippi patients are victims of medical malpractice each year.
If you believe that you are the victim of medical malpractice, you may also be wondering what you should do next. Do you have grounds for a valid claim? How can you protect your rights and hold liable parties accountable? In order to have a successful medical malpractice claim, you will have to produce clear evidence that wrongdoing took place. These are complex injury cases, and malpractice victims often find it beneficial to seek help as they move forward.
Is negligence to blame?
Doctors are not perfect, but there are times when patients suffer harm not because of a reasonable mistake or unavoidable complication, but because of negligence. Practicing medicine is complicated, and it's not easy to prove that you are the victim of the negligent behavior of a doctor, surgeon, nurse or other medical professional. You must be able to prove a few things in order to have a valid claim:
- You must be able to prove that the health care professional owed you a specific duty of care as a patient.
- The medical professional's deviation from an acceptable standard of care is a clear breach of the duty owed to you.
- A clear connection exists between the breach of duty and the injury you suffered.
- There is evidence that you suffered an injury.
It is also possible in some cases to prove that the injury suffered by you is the result of the negligent prescription of medication or negligent actions by manufacturers of medical devices. If you think you may have a case, you will find it beneficial to discuss your concerns with a legal professional.
No amount of compensation can undo the damage done after suffering from medical malpractice. However, it can help you address your medical needs, get the support necessary for your recovery and move forward after this type of incident. These cases are time sensitive, and it is in your interests to take prompt action after suffering harm because of any form of medical negligence.