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How do you know if you are a victim of med malpractice?

It is natural and critical to have confidence in your healthcare professionals, after all, they are working diligently to make sure you are as healthy as you can be. Health care is not easy though, not every ailment has an easy fix and sometimes diagnosing a problem can take time and testing. This is when mistakes and problems can arise.

Unfortunately, errors in the medical field that lead to injury are very common. So common, that a recent study estimated there were about 250,000 deaths each year in the United States from medical malpractice. This number places medical malpractice as the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer.

Are you a medical malpractice victim?

Even though the number of medical malpractice incidents and deaths are so high, many people never file a claim for damages. Many times, this is because people do not know there were a victim of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can involve an error that can be from a wrong or missed diagnosis, an incorrect medication or dosage, wrong treatment and mis-managed aftercare. Medical malpractice can also happen because of a mistake during surgery or from complications during child birth.

For medical malpractice to be considered a negligible act, typically these are the factors that are involved.

Failure to provide proper care – The law requires health care professionals to uphold certain standards of care or they can face accusations of negligence.

An Injury from negligence – If a patient can show that negligence on behalf of a health care professional led to injury or harm, they can make a claim.

Must show sufficient injury – The injury or harm that was inflicted on the patient from the medical staff must show there was significant damage done. Examples could be prolonged suffering, enduring hardship, constant pain, loss of income or a disability.

Victims of medical malpractice can be compensated for any damages, pain or suffering they may have went through. If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you should consult with an attorney who can review your case and help you determine if a claim is warranted.

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