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Dealing with Medical Malpractice

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 3rd, 2010

Medical malpractice is nothing to take lightly. It also happens far more often than people tend to think, and the consequences of it can be quite grim. Every year between 2000 and 2002, in fact, nearly 200,000 people lost their lives due to various types of medical malpractice. The manifestations of malpractice are not always obvious. It may not be a sponge left in your abdomen after a surgery or a botched procedure. In some cases, these smaller, more common forms of malpractice are just as deadly as the most egregious examples.

Some malpractice involves inattention to detail. The fact that these instances involve medicine, however, means that these small instances of not paying attention can be lethal. Consider, for instance, being given the wrong medication. In some cases, such as with antibiotic allergies, the results of being given the wrong meds may be fatal. In others they may be debilitating or cause severe trauma to the individual affected. No one deserves to suffer due to the incompetence of others and, where malpractice is concerned, that is usually exactly what's at issue: incompetence. Doctors, necessarily, are held to higher standards than most professionals. This is because what they do is literally a matter of life and death.

Medical malpractice cases should only be handled by medical malpractice attorneys. In cases where you have been wronged by their doctors or their healthcare facility, it's quite easy to feel like you "don't know what you're talking about" and to end up not pursuing the damages to which you're entitled out of simple intimidation. This should never happen, but it does happen all too often. If you've been given the wrong meds or have otherwise suffered because of incompetent practices, you may well have a case that entitles you to collect damages.

Medical malpractice cases do not require that you have an attorney on retainer. You can call many medical negligence firms and find lawyers who are ready, willing and well-qualified to handle malpractice cases. It's important to keep in mind that any and all paperwork, prescriptions and other records of your treatment will be imperative. Keep everything and don't talk to any insurance companies or other entities without first consulting your lawyer. Many of these lawyers will take such cases under an arrangement where they only get paid if they win the case, which means no risk to you.