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Erroneous treatment: Were you a victim?

Medical malpractice claims come in many forms and varieties. One type that people don't always think about relates to "erroneous treatment." This happens when a doctor gives a patient the wrong kind of treatment. This might happen as a result of a misdiagnosis or a failed diagnosis. If the errors made by a doctor in these cases would have been obvious to other doctors in the field, then it might be possible for the patient to pursue an erroneous treatment claim.

How are damages different in a wrongful death case?

Whenever someone passes away as a result of a doctor's error, the family members of the deceased may have the right to pursue wrongful death claims. A wrongful death claim related to medical malpractice, however, is different from a claim related to a car accident, drowning or premises liability incident. That's because of the environment and circumstances that might lead to a malpractice death.

Medical malpractice: What does ‘res ipsa’ mean?

Whenever a personal injury plaintiff files a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice, they will be at a severe disadvantage. The treating physician are experienced in all things related to medicine, so they will be particularly skilled at defending their actions in court. Not only that, but the medical provider probably created the very medical records that the plaintiff will use as evidence in his or her case. Physicians are skilled at writing chart notes in a way that reduces the chances that they could be at legal risk later.

Hospitals and medication errors

Think about the average hospital with countless patients receiving care at the same time. There are only so many nurses and doctors to go around, and because hospitals are always trying to save money, they're often pushing themselves to get more done with fewer people. As they push the limit of what's possible in this regard, serious errors and mistakes can occur.

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