Medical malpractice, or professional negligence by any type of health care provider or facility, is a significant issue within the United States. There are many different kinds of events that can lead to malpractice claims. Some of those may include:
- Failing to diagnose a patient
- Premature discharge
- Not following up
- Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Failing to order the right tests or to act on those tests
- Performing the wrong surgery
- Performing an unnecessary surgery
- Leaving items inside a patient’s body after surgery
- Causing a patient chronic pain due to a botched treatment
- The development of fatal infections acquired due to unhygienic practices
The most frustrating part of a medical malpractice claim is that the very people who were supposed to take care of you or a loved one have been the ones to cause harm to you. It is important that you, as a victim, have a right to pursue a claim against them and to find out exactly what happened. It’s important that you’re able to take steps to guarantee that this won’t happen to you again and that it won’t happen to others.
What happens to a medical provider or facility after a malpractice case?
When a medical provider makes a particularly egregious mistake, they could have their license revoked or suspended. Hospitals or facilities could be fined. There are also other ways to rectify the situation, such as by paying out the compensation you need and changing requirements for training or sanitation within a facility. Your attorney can talk to you more about the possibilities if you decide to pursue a malpractice claim.