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When You Suspect Physician Malpractice

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 9th, 2010

You’re at a disadvantage whenever you enter a doctor’s office. Because the doctor obviously knows a lot more than you about medicine, it’s sometimes problematic to figure out whether or not they’re being straight with you about your health. If you suspect that your doctor isn’t being forthcoming about something, you may want to talk to an attorney. Some cases of medical malpractice are very obvious and result in almost immediate lawsuits. Others, however, are more subtle and may take some help to identify. The main thrust of any medical malpractice claim, however, is that the doctor breached their duty to you, and this is what you must be on the lookout for.

Most doctors take their work very seriously and, though the pay can be very good, many of them are not in the medical field because of the money. There are some doctors, however, who care very little for their patients and who take risks that shouldn’t be taken at all. If your doctor seems to be ignoring legitimate complaints when you have them, if the sanitation standards at their hospital or clinic don’t seem up to par or if you’ve been harmed outright because of their mistakes or sloppiness, an attorney may be able to help you construct a good medical malpractice claim.

Though most people don’t know it, many medical malpractice claims originate from failures to diagnose a condition on the part of the physician. In some cases, a disease is not discoverable until it’s late, and oftentimes unfortunately fatal, stages. Pancreatic cancer is a good example of such a disease. There are others, however, that should be obvious to anyone with adequate medical training. If a doctor failed to diagnose a condition that ended up costing a lot of money to treat, or endangered your life, this is another reason to explore a medical malpractice claim.

Medical negligence can have effects that persist for a lifetime. To make sure that you don’t end up being victimized by incompetent doctors, nurses or dentists, have an attorney look at anything you find suspicious. Many of them offer free consultations and, because medical malpractice is such a complex field, this is sometimes the only realistic way that you can find out if you have a case. Some attorneys will work on contingency, which allows you to avoid paying legal fees unless they win your claim.

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