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Things to consider if you suspect medical malpractice

Thinking that your doctor or nurse didn't provide you with adequate care is something that might be difficult to process. If you think that you are the victim of medical malpractice, here are some points that you can consider.

One thing that you need to determine is what caused the issue. Not all cases of something going wrong in medical care are malpractice. There are some situations that doctor's can't control. For example, if you have a reaction to a medication that you haven't previously taken, there might not be any malpractice or negligence here unless there was a factor in your case that should have been a red flag for the prescribing doctor.

Of course, some cases are clearly medical malpractice issues. For example, if a doctor amputates the wrong leg. This is a case in which the doctor should clearly be held accountable for the actions.

It can be rather difficult to decide if there was malpractice or negligence in a case, especially if you don't have medical training. This is because the standard of care and other factors, such as acceptable practices, might come into question when you are evaluating a case.

Another thing that you have to consider is what type of consent you gave for treatments. If you were warned that there were risks to a procedure and signed the informed consent document, you might not be able to do much about those risks if they manifest in your case. It is still possible to seek compensation in some cases if there was an element of negligence that led to the issue.

Source: Forbes, "10 Things You Want To Know About Medical Malpractice," Demetrius Cheeks, accessed Aug. 31, 2017

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