What to do if you think you have been harmed by medical malpractice

What to do if you think you have been harmed by medical malpractice

Do you know what to do if you think you have suffered harm from medical malpractice? With medical mistakes being the third leading cause of death in the United States, including roughly 250,000 deaths and thousands more harmful incidents being reported each year, it is likely that you or a loved one may experience a medical error at some point in your life. The types of mistakes and errors that can occur are vast, but some of the more common include wrong site surgeries, surgeons or hospital staff leaving foreign objects inside a patient following surgery, prescription errors, and failing to diagnose and treat medical conditions in a timely manner.

If you believe that you have been injured by a medical error or mistake, what should you do?

After consulting with a physician concerning your next steps for treatment, it is important to discuss your concerns with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer. Even if you are not sure that you want to file a lawsuit, it is always a good idea to explore your options. If you have been harmed and have suffered a significant injury, the medical costs may quickly become insurmountable. Filing a claim may help offset a lifetime of expenses associated with another's negligence. Further, speaking to an attorney can help put your mind at ease concerning your care. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can obtain medical records and work with experts to review documents concerning your care to determine whether doctors, nurses and other health care professionals followed the requisite standard of care. If a breach of care caused you harm, it may be possible to file a successful medical malpractice action.

For more information, or if you have been harmed by a medical error, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate, confidential consultation.

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