Medical procedures can be dangerous for patients, and sometimes things go wrong. It’s possible that you could have had a natural reaction to a medication that you weren’t aware you were allergic to or had a side effect from a surgery that you were prepared for by the doctor’s notes. In those cases, you’ll not likely be looking at a medical malpractice case. However, if you wake up with the wrong leg amputated or have a miscarriage due to being prescribed the wrong medications, then you may have a case against your doctor and medical team.
There are many checks and balances in place to make sure accidents don’t happen to patients. Doctors and nurses pass patient notes to each other in hand offs, and computer programs are now used to track patients and their vital data. Doctors train for years to make sure they understand what they’re doing during surgery and surgical nurses, along with any nurses in the hospital, have been trained to keep you safe, comfortable and cared for.
When there is a breakdown in communication, either because a nurse makes a mistake and passes it on to a doctor or because a medical team is too tired to be operating, patients can get hurt. While many incidents are prevented before they occur thanks to the many checks in place, some aren’t stopped.
Medical negligence or malpractice can result in you being left in pain. You may not be able to return to work, and you may have more surgeries that you’ll need to have due to the error. Our website has more information on the steps you can take to be compensated for these mistakes.