Most people trust what their doctors say. And, in most cases, that is just fine. After all, doctors are highly trained and well-educated to do what they do. But, we all know that doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals make mistakes. The term “medical malpractice” is quite common in America, even though our country is supposed to have one of the best healthcare systems in the world. So, what happens if your doctor makes a mistake? How can an error in diagnosis or treatment impact your life?
Well, unfortunately, in many cases the impact on a patient’s life can be quite significant. For example, in the worst-case scenarios, the misdiagnosis of a terminal disease could lead to a patient’s death – even if the disease could have been treated if properly detected and diagnosed. In other situations, a person’s mobility or general ability to function in day-to-day tasks could be impacted if a healthcare professional makes a mistake about a diagnosis or treatment option.
Each situation is unique to the health issues a patient might face. Maybe the mistakes lead to a longer recovery time. Or maybe it is a medication error that, hopefully, can be quickly corrected. Whatever the situation, the fact is that medical malpractice is too common in America.
Assessing your options
If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice due to a misdiagnosis or an error in treatment, you may be able to pursue legal action. At our law firm, we attempt to help Oregon residents who decide to pursue such a path after assessing all of their options. For more information, please visit the misdiagnosis overview section of our law firm’s website.