Things didn’t go the way you expected. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s always someone to blame. While doctors make mistakes, not all cases with negative outcomes translate into medical malpractice lawsuits. Consider this list of all too common myths.
One: All Problems at Birth are Medical Malpractice
Just about everyone hopes for the perfect baby after delivery. In some cases, experts attribute cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy to negligence during the birth process. Meanwhile, there’s a big difference between a birth injury and birth defect.
You don’t need to decide if what happened to your child represents a negligence claim. Instead, you should consult with an experienced medical malpractice law firm. If appropriate, they will submit your claim for review with an expert physician.
Two: Medical Mistake Didn’t Result in Damages
You may be one of the lucky ones. Perhaps one of your medical providers made a mistake, but it didn’t harm you. Unless you can prove damages, you most likely won’t have a case. Of course, that’s not to say that you don’t discover resultant injuries immediately. Once again, speak with an attorney who understands medical malpractice claims to learn your rights.
Three: Failure to Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis
One of the biggest concerns regarding a failure to diagnose or misdiagnose comes from cancer victims. It’s certainly not unreasonable to worry about the harmful effects of a delay in treatment. A medical expert plays somewhat of a Monday morning quarterback in looking at the evidence. What matters is how the delay impacted your outcome.
Four: Injuries after a Procedure
If you suffer injuries after a medical procedure, your immediate inclination may be to blame the surgeon. However, there’s a chance what happened is a known consequence. Did the doctor explain this to you when you gave your consent? If something like this happened to you, you need to discuss the possibility of a lawsuit with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Five: Medicine is an Exact Science
At the risk of being cynical, there’s a reason doctors are known as medical practitioners. Medicine represents an evolving field. It’s not necessarily the case that you’re a practice lab rat at your physicians’ office. However, doctors are human and make errors. Likewise, other professionals may skip over critical policies and procedures.
Without question, it’s hard to imagine a medical provider intentionally harming a patient. That said, negligence may have long term consequences.
Contact Us to Ask for Medical Malpractice Advice
Fellerman & Ciarimboli handles medical malpractice cases with the same diligence it offers its other client matters. There is no cost for us to review your claim and provide you with legal advice. Please call our office to schedule a meeting so we can assist you with determining how you should proceed.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.