When we go to a doctor to remedy a health problem, we trust them to provide the best treatment or medicine. However, the human body is complex, and not everyone has the same reaction to medications or medical procedures. Also, doctors are human, and they can sometimes make mistakes in their actions or advice. If you believe a doctor or other healthcare professional has not treated you correctly or that their treatment caused you harm, you may have the grounds to bring a medical malpractice suit.

Understanding Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is when a healthcare professional causes harm to a patient. There can be many circumstances that would qualify as medical malpractice. However, if you have a medical complication, have to pay for additional treatment, or you’re unable to work due to the doctor’s actions, you have the right to be compensated.

If you feel you have been the victim of malpractice, you should contact a malpractice attorney. They will gather information and let you know if you have a claim. You must file your claim within two years, as that is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice. Here are some examples of circumstances that can qualify you for a malpractice claim.

When a Doctor Doesn’t Discuss the Risks

Have you recently had a medical procedure or know someone who has had one? If so, you’ll probably remember that a nurse or doctor reviewed the upcoming procedure and a long list of possible risks. The reason healthcare professionals do this is to be certain they review all the possible risks with you. If a known risk occurs to you and the doctor hasn’t reviewed it, that would be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

For example, according to the Pediatric Movement Center, there is a rare condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) which occurs once in every 3,000 births. If a baby is born with this condition, it will have contractures of the joints, which would result in limited movements and impaired flexibility. The condition is thought to be due to a low level of amniotic fluid or reduced fetal movement while the baby is in the womb. If the parents of an AMC baby can show the radiologist or obstetrician was aware of this condition but didn’t provide them with that information, it could result in a malpractice claim.

When a Doctor Makes an Error

For an additional example, according to the University of Utah, a drug called ketamine has been used since the 1960s as a surgical anesthetic, but in the past few years, it’s been used in clinics for the management of psychiatric disorders and for chronic pain.

In March 2018, an Oregon doctor prescribed nasal ketamine for pain relief. Ketamine is not normally prescribed by a nasal spray, so the client had to go to a pharmacy where they could compound it (make it from scratch, as it isn’t conventionally available.) Although the prescription was for 11 days, the pharmacy that compounded it inadvertently gave the client three weeks’ supply. This led to a life-altering event that was the result of medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice claims can arise from seemingly small details or from purposeful acts of negligence. No matter the reason, if you’re injured, you have a right to compensation. With an experienced malpractice attorney on your side, you will be able to find that compensation. Don’t let medical malpractice hinder your life. Take control today by continuing to do thorough research. Work with a highly qualified and well-respected attorney in your area to determine the best course of action for you.