When you go to the doctor, you expect to receive treatments and medications that help you feel better. But what happens when the treatments you receive end up causing irreparable harm? This is known as medical malpractice and if you or a loved one are a victim of malpractice, you may be able to sue the doctor and the medical practice for damages. But what types of accidents could qualify for medical malpractice suits? These are a few common instances that prompt individuals to contact a Chicago medical malpractice attorney to represent their case.
Injuries Resulting From Treatments
In the vast majority of situations, medical treatments improve your condition and help speed your recovery if you’re injured or ill. But for some people, those medical treatments can result in injuries that make living their lives difficult or may even prevent them from resuming normal activity. Often, these injuries happen because the doctor was rushed or performed a treatment in a way that medical practitioners agree is dangerous. If you’ve been injured as a result of receiving a specific medical treatment that should not have caused your injury, you may have a medical malpractice case.
The Failure to Treat a Patient’s Condition
Doctors are often required to treat a patient’s condition regardless of their personal values or morals. Unfortunately, some doctors and medical practices actively discriminate against certain individuals and may refuse to treat a patient’s condition because they feel uncomfortable doing so. For example, a physician may refuse to treat a gay patient or a surgeon may refuse to operate on a person of another race. Surprisingly, this isn’t illegal. But it can be grounds for a malpractice suit, especially if the refusal of care resulted in worse injury or death.
Mistakes Made During Surgery
Surgeons do what they can to treat your condition and make sure the surgery goes smoothly. But accidents and mistakes can happen. Unfortunately, those mistakes can result in worse injuries, life-altering health conditions, or death. If your surgeon made a mistake during your surgery, you may want to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medication Errors Resulting in Injury or Death
Your doctor should be aware of the medications you’re taking before they give you any new medications. If they fail to check the prescriptions you’re taking before prescribing you another and the new medication causes a reaction, it may be considered malpractice. Though this can happen in private practice settings, it’s more common in emergency rooms where doctors are rushed or exhausted. Regardless of where you received treatment, you’ll want to consult with an experienced malpractice attorney to discuss your case.
Are You or a Loved One a Victim of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can dramatically change your life. If you think you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to take action. Contact Anesi Ozmon and schedule a free consultation. Our experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorneys will review your case and help you decide if filing a medical malpractice suit is something worth pursuing.