Did Medical Professionals Make You Worse?
Did Medical Professionals Make You Worse?
You sought medical help because you wanted to get better – instead, you ended up in worse shape than before the treatment. Although a bad outcome does not always mean that medical malpractice was involved, sometimes negligent medical errors do in fact harm patients.
If a medical procedure injured you – or if a medical professional failed to properly diagnose and treat your condition – you should talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Riddle & Brantley, LLC. Our firm has the resources to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation as a victim of medical malpractice.
Our lawyers have more than 160 years of combined legal experience, and we work with respected experts to review medical records for evidence of malpractice. We know that Justice Counts, and we are committed to making things right for medical malpractice victims.
To find out whether the bad outcome in your medical procedure amounted to medical malpractice that may entitle you to compensation, contact us now for a free claim review and advice about your legal options. Riddle & Brantley services medical malpractice victims throughout North Carolina from our offices in Raleigh, Goldsboro, Kinston and Jacksonville.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a legal concept that describes a situation in which a medical professional did something – or failed to do something – in violation of the standard of care, and the patient was harmed as a result. Not every instance of patient harm or a bad outcome is a result of medical malpractice. The medical provider must have done something negligent in order for it to be medical malpractice.
Some examples of potential medical malpractice include:
- An emergency room doctor fails to run appropriate tests on a patient, believing the patient has indigestion, when in fact the patient is having a heart attack.
- A hospital nurse gives a patient the wrong medication or the wrong amount of medication. For example, the nurse administers 0.5 mg of a drug instead of 0.05 mg.
- A surgeon and the surgical team fail to make sure that all sponges and surgical tools have been removed from a patient before closing the incision.
- An anesthesiologist fails to properly administer anesthesia and monitor the patient during an operation, resulting in death.
- A family doctor overlooks symptoms of cancer that could have been treated if detected in time.
- A lab mixes up biopsies and reports that a patient’s tumor was benign when it in fact was malignant.
These are just a few of many ways in which medical malpractice could occur. If you or a loved one suffered an unexpected medical outcome, you should talk to an attorney at Riddle & Brantley, LLC. Our legal team will review the facts of your case during a free consultation and determine whether you may have a valid claim.
A Duty to Explain Risks and Benefits
Before performing a procedure, doctors are required to obtain informed consent from the patient in most non-emergency situations. “Informed consent” means that the patient agrees to the procedure based on an understanding of what risks the procedure entails.
Most medical procedures involve some degree of risk even if no mistakes are made. Patients must be informed about these risks before agreeing to the procedure. In many cases, a patient will sign a form that lists the risks. Simply signing this form may not be enough to qualify as informed consent. The physician has an obligation to make sure the patient actually understands the risks and still agrees to have the procedure.
If a patient does not give informed consent and the procedure has a bad outcome, the patient may have a medical malpractice claim. This may also be the case if the medical professionals performed a procedure that was different from the one the patient consented to.
An experienced attorney at Riddle & Brantley, LLC, can review the details of your situation to determine whether you may have a medical malpractice claim based on a failure to obtain informed consent.
Why We Trust Medical Professionals
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and others in the medical field are some of our society’s most trusted professionals. We literally put our health and our lives in their hands. Medical professionals receive years of education and training, and they are expected to provide quality care that protects patients from harm.
Most medical professionals deserve the trust our society places in them. However, all medical professionals are human. They can and do make mistakes. When a physician or other person in the medical field makes a preventable negligent error that harms a patient, they should be held responsible for their mistake and its outcome.
We’re Ready to Answer Your Questions About Medical Malpractice
Cases involving negligent medical errors are some of the most complex legal matters. They require attorneys with significant experience and the resources necessary to fully investigate a claim for evidence of medical malpractice.
At Riddle & Brantley, LLC, our lawyers have more than 160 years of combined legal experience. We work with respected medical experts who help us review medical records and other evidence that may indicate medical negligence. We know that Justice Counts, and that’s why we are committed to helping patients who have suffered because of preventable errors.
If you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, our attorneys are prepared to fight for justice on your behalf. We are ready to seek full and fair compensation for your losses – whether at the negotiating table or in the courtroom.
Our lawyers can help you wherever you are in North Carolina. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you at your home, in the hospital, at a rehab center or wherever is convenient for you.
Find out how we can help you now. For a free claim review and advice about your rights and options, fill out our online contact form or call us. It’s that easy.