Most people have a lot of faith and trust in the doctors and nurses who treat them. In fact, very rarely do individuals flat out reject medical advice that is provided to them by these professionals. There’s good reason for this. Doctors receive extensive education and training to hone their skills, and many of them have years or decades of experience that mold the way they practice. The reality, though, is that these medical professionals are humans who are prone to making mistakes. Tragically, these mistakes can have serious consequences for unsuspecting patients.
Previously on the blog we talked about misdiagnosis as a form of medical malpractice, but it is by no means the only kind of malpractice you might face. In fact, studies show that surgical errors are the second leading cause of medical malpractice. This includes operating on the wrong body part, performing the wrong operation, and erroneously nicking organs.
Making matters worse is how these errors occur. According to one study, more than three-fourths of all surgical mistakes are caused by physician errors. Also, about 30% of these errors resulted in substantial or permanent injuries. There are a number of ways physician error can occur, too. Bad judgment, poor communication, and lack of skill can all be contributing factors.
If you or a loved one has been subjected to medical malpractice at the hands of a negligent doctor or nurse, then you’re probably dealing with significant losses. Your physical and emotional health might be seriously damaged, and your financial wellbeing has probably been rocked. Fortunately, you might be able to obtain accountability and compensation for your losses through a medical malpractice claim. To succeed, though, you’ll need to present a compelling case backed by strong evidence. An attorney who is experienced in this area of the law may be of assistance.