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Bad medicine: When a doctor's errors causes harm to patients

As a patient, you have the right to medical care that meets a certain acceptable standard. When an Ohio doctor makes a mistake, an innocent patient can suffer physical and emotional harm, as well as face additional surgeries and financial losses. In certain cases, a doctor or hospital can be financially liable for the pain and suffering caused by a mistake or medical malpractice.

If you suffered harm due to a medical mistake or negligence, you could have a valid malpractice claim. Proving that negligence played a role in what happened to you can be complex, but you do not have to suffer through the aftermath by yourself. Malpractice victims have the right to a full and fair recovery.

What is medical negligence?

When a doctor or health care provider is negligent in the care that he or she provides, hurt and sick people can suffer even more. There are many types of medical malpractice and negligence, and some of the most common examples include:

  • Missed diagnosis
  • Delayed or incorrect diagnosis
  • Surgical error
  • Incorrect medication

Any of the above examples and other causes could be the reason you are suffering more pain and facing the prospect of more surgeries or an extended hospital stay.

Proving medical negligence

If you believe that you are the victim of medical malpractice, you have the right to bring a civil claim against the liable party. In order to successfully obtain financial compensation, your case must prove the following:

  • Violation of duty owed to the patient
  • Violation of the acceptable standard for health care
  • A connection between the doctor's actions and the patient's injuries
  • Existence of injury suffered by the patient

Proving that a doctor violated the acceptable standard of care is an essential component to your case. Building a strong claim is more likely with the help of an experienced attorney, and you would be wise to secure necessary legal guidance as soon as possible.

You have options

If you learn that a doctor made a mistake during a surgical procedure or that you may be the victim of negligence, you would be wise to take quick action to protect your interests. You have the right to hold liable parties accountable and seek damages for your physical suffering and emotional duress.

While proving medical negligence is a difficult task, it is not impossible. You do not have to face this difficult situation alone, but may speak to a lawyer about your rights and the potential legal options available to you.

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