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Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2010

It’s always difficult, and sometimes embarrassing, to share medical information. When patients believe that they’ve been the victims of physician malpractice, however, they oftentimes have to do just that. To make it even more intimidating, such patients may have to share their medical information in court during a trial. There’s no reason to be embarrassed about this and, once you understand malpractice law and why it exists, you’ll likely understand why some victims of medical negligence go ahead and take this courageous step.

Physicians have a unique place in society. They have a form of duty that does not come from being elected or appointed to a high post. They are very educated, of course, but not all doctors are responsible in their duties and, sometimes, that means that patients suffer. When this happens, medical malpractice law kicks in and offers those who suffer a way to fight back.

These laws allow patients to do more than sue for a botched surgery or treatment. There are plenty of cases, around 40% of those filed, in fact, that have to do with a doctor failing to diagnose a condition. There are some occasions where it’s imperative that conditions are found early. There are some doctors who fail to do so, even though they should have known. Negligence doesn’t necessarily mean incompetence. The doctor could be very good at what they do but some mistakes are not acceptable and, in the field of medicine, some mistakes are deadly.

Some medical malpractice cases involve patients actually being given a treatment for a condition that they don’t have or being given a completely uncalled for treatment for a condition that they do have. A doctor has a duty to their patient to provide the best medical care possible. If they don’t live up to this and their sloppy practice causes real harm, patients sometimes have an option to sue.

You’ll have to talk to a lawyer to see if you have a viable malpractice claim. If you do, they may recommend pushing forward with the case. The doctor’s insurance company may opt to go to trial to have a jury hear the facts of the case or they may decide to settle with you out of court. There’s no way to ensure that you’re case will win, but if you’ve been wronged, it’s worth seeing if you have a case.