Consider a scenario in which you have suffered an injury that requires surgery to treat. You undergo the procedure, and after a few days the hospital releases you to go back home.
You think that the worst is behind you. A little recovery time, and you’ll be back to your old self.
But as the days turn into weeks and the weeks pass, something seems wrong. You still feel pain where the surgery took place. Instead of getting better, it seems to become worse over time. When you go back to the hospital to inquire about why it is taking so long to fully heal, a doctor reassures you that there is nothing to worry about. He tells you to avoid eating spicy foods.
But the pain persists. It gets to the point where you have to miss work and family activities. Worse, you begin seeing blood in your urine or stool. When you go back to the hospital again, an X-ray or an MRI reveals a peculiar lump inside you. It turns out that it is a surgical sponge that was forgotten when the surgery was performed. Additional surgeries later, it is finally removed.
And you wonder: What just happened? And what can I do about it?
What you have just read is one example of medical malpractice, which is a form of negligence. And it is not an uncommon example. There are many others that you may experience if you are treated by a doctor or a hospital, ranging from the temporarily debilitating to the potentially lethal.
Medical malpractice is something that you can seek financial recovery from. But it is often not easy to realize. Hospitals and insurers may stand behind a doctor who was negligent, and they may hire attorneys to represent them. The state government may impose procedural requirements and restrictions on how you can make a claim.
If you believe that you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you would do well to seek an ally to represent your interests. That is what our law firm does: we serve as your advocate to vigorously champion your claim, and to deal with the other side in negotiations and in court, if necessary.
To learn more about how we can help you if you have been injured as a patient, please check our medical malpractice page.