Medical malpractice can harm victims and their families. Because of this reality, it is essential for victims of medical malpractice and their families to know how to protect themselves and the legal resources available to help them do that.
A claim for medical malpractice, brought as a personal injury or wrongful death claim for damages, can help victims of medical malpractice recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages that result from medical malpractice. When a patient, and the patient's family, entrusts their medical care to a medical care professional, it can be devastating to learn that the medical care professional has been negligent.
One type of medical malpractice occurs when there has been a failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis. As a result, victims may not receive the medical care and treatment they need; may not receive the medical care and treatment they need in a timely manner; or may receive medical care and treatment they do not need for a condition they do not have which can also cause harm. If the victim's medical condition has worsened beyond what would have been expected had the medical condition been correctly, promptly and timely diagnosed, they may have a claim for damages.
Victims of medical malpractice and their families may be able to recover personal injury or wrongful death damages, depending on the circumstances, for the harm they have suffered because of the negligence or carelessness of a medical care provider. It is important for victims of medical malpractice to be familiar with the legal resources and remedies available to them in situations of medical malpractice.