You are your best healthcare advocate. When you avoid this responsibility, you can end up as the victim of medical malpractice. That can leave you facing a malpractice lawsuit.
Here is important information you need to know about this issue.
What is the definition?
The definition of malpractice is when your provider deviates from the standard course of care. The standard of care is what most doctors would do if they faced the situation. That said, the essence of a malpractice case boils down to negligence.
How do you determine if you are a victim?
Malpractice claims occur when your doctor’s negligence causes injuries or death. A complaint or terrible outcome is not proof of negligence.
The easiest way to determine if you are a victim is when another provider tells you or the one who made the mistake admits it. The biggest reason to do this is the hope that an apology will keep you from a lawsuit or compel you to settle without causing a stir. Insurance companies also encourage alerting victims as soon as possible so that the damages caused by the negligence are not fully known yet and do not become worse over time.
What should you do if you are a victim?
Your first step should be to get outside help. You want a professional to examine your records and interview you and your family to determine if you have a case. They can also review the state’s timelines and requirements to see if you have a case.
Always remember to get a second opinion before undergoing a procedure. If you do not trust your doctor, find another one. Your health is critical and taking these steps can help you avoid malpractice situations and the resulting consequences altogether.