As much as we all would wish to believe our medical professionals are infallible, the reality is that they can and do make mistakes. Medical negligence can result in serious injuries and in some cases even death. While, the most important issue is, of course, the patient’s health and ability to recover, important legal rights may be triggered by a medical error. However, determining whether you have a medical malpractice claim and ultimately collecting damages is no simple matter.
A basic claim of malpractice requires a Stamford medical malpractice attorney to establish:
Not every error made in diagnosing a patient’s condition rises to the level of medical malpractice. The key element your Stamford medical malpractice attorney will be investigating is whether the doctor did everything that should reasonably have been done to render the proper diagnosis. For instance:
To recover, it must be proved the patient suffered some harm directly caused by the medical error. Proof may be difficult, especially in cases where a particularly aggressive illness, such as cancer, is involved. If for instance, a doctor initially missed a diagnosis of cancer but found it three months later, it must be shown that treatment in that three-month period would have made a difference. In some cases, there is nothing that can be done no matter how soon a proper diagnosis is made.
Individuals and entities other than a doctor may also be liable for medical malpractice depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.
Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex and vigorously defended by medical professionals and their insurers. To understand and protect your rights, call Piazza, Simmons & Grant LLC, a Stamford medical malpractice attorney group, at (203) 348-2465.