Something went wrong with the treatment for your medical condition. The doctor says that the problem was just unexpected. The hospital says that nothing could have been done any differently. You aren’t so sure — but how do you know if your suspicions are correct? Do you need an attorney?
Maybe. Medical malpractice incidents are far too common in American society today. Surgical mistakes are the third-most-common cause of death in our country. The number of those who are injured but survive is even higher. In fact, between 2009 and 2018, New York residents were paid about $7 billion in compensation for their malpractice suits.
You should probably consider contacting a malpractice attorney whenever:
- You suffer a surgical injury
- There was an anesthesia mistake
- Your doctor missed an important diagnosis or your delayed diagnosis ruined your health
- You develop an hospital-acquired infection
- You were given the wrong medication
- You suffer a complication that your doctor never warned you about — despite knowing that such complications were possible
In addition, you should consider contacting an attorney anytime that you have a suspicion that malpractice occurred and feel like you aren’t being given straight answers by those responsible.
Even if a doctor or hospital acknowledges a mistake and offers to settle right away, it’s wise to speak with an attorney. An early offer to settle is usually an indication that you have a great case and the insurance company is eager to get your release so that they don’t have to pay what you’re really due.
For more information on what steps to take if you suspect malpractice, contact our office today.