Approximately 200,000 people die every year due to medical malpractice. However, only 2% of people who have malpractice claims against doctors or hospitals actually file a lawsuit for compensation. Consider the reasons why someone should consider suing for medical malpractice.
Patients who received the wrong diagnosis and treatment for their condition may have a medical malpractice Durham NC claim. Usually, the misdiagnosis must be blatant. For example, a gynecologist may treat someone for endometriosis and make no changes to medication and no steps to find a different diagnosis despite the patient’s continuing or worsening symptoms. If that same patient were to go to a new gynecologist who discovers that the supposed endometriosis is actually uterine cancer, then that patient could sue the original gynecologist for malpractice.
Sometimes the doctor will prescribe one medication when he or she meant to prescribe another. Also, a medical professional may write down the wrong prescription dosage, which can lead to severe complications. Additional examples include prescribing medications that are harmful when mixed with medicine that the patient is currently taking and giving the patient medications that he or she is allergic to.
Pharmacies are also liable for making mistakes. Sometimes the doctor will prescribe the correct medication but the pharmacy will make a mistake when filling the prescription.
Unfortunately, women die in childbirth every year, and some of those deaths could have been avoided. A patient or her family may sue for childbirth malpractice due to failing to perform a C-section before the surgery became a danger to the mother, failing to diagnose pregnancy risks that can harm the unborn baby, and failing to follow delivery procedures that can lead to the death or disability of either the mother or the newborn child.
If you believe that you have a medical malpractice claim, consult with an attorney who has extensive experience in this practice area so that you can get the help and compensation you deserve.