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How To Tell When You Need A Medical Negligence Attorney

by Lois Gibson

Just because your doctor was not able to heal or cure you does not mean that they were negligent in their treatment of you. Medicine is not an exact science. Sometimes, no matter how skilled and knowledgeable a physician is you are not healed or may even end up in worse condition than what you were in when you first sought out help. However, there are also times when someone treating you did not do everything the way it should have been done. Here are a few indications that a medical professional was careless or incompetent in their treatment of you.

Standard of Care

Because there is no absolute right or wrong way to diagnose and treat all medical conditions, medical personnel must abide by what is considered to be the Standard of Care for any situation. In other words, if your doctor does not perform all the tests or prescribe the medications the vast majority of other doctors would when confronted with your symptoms, they have deviated from the appropriate Standard of Care and could be found negligent.

Injury or Illness was Caused

If the treatment you received did not cause any additional injury or illness, there is no case for negligence. However, if you were damaged in any way, including mental anguish, due to any procedure performed by a medical professional, you may have a case for negligence. Remember, this damage must be something that would not have occurred from our original illness or injury but only something done by a member of your medical team.

 Informed Consent

No medical procedure is without risk. Even if something has been done thousands of times with great success, it doesn't mean that it is going to work for you. In fact, there could be a side effect that occurs because of something in our body. It could be a simple allergy to a medication or perhaps an anomaly in your anatomy that causes a problem. However, before treating you in any way, you must be informed of the things that have gone wrong in the past with the treatment. If you were not properly informed of what could happen, you can sue the doctor if it does.

If you sustained any unexplained damages due to the way a medical professional treated you, it is best if you contact a medical negligence attorney so you can be compensated for them. If you are not sure if your situation falls under medical negligence, contact an attorney anyway. Because of the difficulty in determining whether or not you have a case, a lawyer will provide you with a free initial consultation so you know what it is you are dealing with.