Feeling as if someone did not treat you in the best manner possible can be disheartening. In some cases, the issue may not have lasting effects, such as if someone says something rude to you. However, if a medical professional does not follow the standard of care when treating your health condition, the issue could have long-lasting consequences.
Unfortunately, some doctors and other medical staff members could act negligently or otherwise not follow the appropriate standard of care. In such cases, you may experience additional illness or injury when you had hoped that the staff would help you get better. Negative outcomes could prompt you to take legal action.
What are common forms of medical negligence?
Numerous actions could constitute medical negligence, and in some cases, the exact actions could depend on the details of a case. However, some types of medical negligence that commonly occur include the following:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries — to either the mother or child
Unfortunately, any of these mistakes could cause serious, lasting or even permanent injuries. In some cases, these errors could have fatal outcomes. If such harm does occur, you may want to determine whether you have reason to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What are the requirements?
In medical malpractice cases, you, as the plaintiff, would have to provide proof that medical negligence occurred. Some requirements you may need to meet include:
- Evidence that a doctor-patient relationship existed between you and the defendant
- Evidence that the doctor or other medical staff member acted in a negligent manner
- Evidence that the negligence was a causal or contributing factor to the resulting injuries
- Evidence that injuries did occur
For example, if you underwent an operation, you have a doctor-patient relationship with the surgeon. If he or she failed to account for all of the surgical tools and left a foreign object inside your body after surgery, that action constitutes negligence. The foreign object may have caused a serious infection or other damage that would likely not have occurred had the surgeon not left the object.
How can you be sure you have a case?
It can certainly be difficult to determine whether taking legal action suits your exact circumstances. In order to gain feedback on your experience and whether you have reason to file a lawsuit, you may wish to consult with a Georgia attorney.