Feeling nervous when you’re going to the doctor is a typical reaction when you’re seeking treatment for an injury or illness. You want to get your health back in order so you can return to living your life. While you may have some nerves, you expect the medical professional or professionals treating you to help you recover. However, when those in charge of your care make a mistake, you can suffer from serious injuries. Dealing with the health complications of a medical error can be taxing, but you can seek representation who will fight for you to get justice. A Kansas City medical malpractice lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our lawyers are here for those who have been wrongfully injured in Missouri. Holding a medical professional responsible for their negligent actions can be a complicated process, but we have the experience and tenacity necessary to fight for your rights. We know how a medical injury can prevent you from working, result in medical bills, and possibly have permanent effects on your life. We’ll take the damages and losses you suffered as a result of the medical mistake and calculate the compensation you’ll need so you can recover.
How Does Medical Malpractice Occur?
You may be wondering how the medical error happened in the first place. Unfortunately, medical mistakes are more common than you may have originally thought. A John Hopkins study estimates that medical error causes more than 250,000 deaths per year.
Medical errors can occur when professionals are fatigued, overworked, or inexperienced. If a hospital doesn’t have enough staff to attend to all the patients, medical professionals may work multiple shifts and not get the rest they need so they can be alert and attentive when they’re on duty. If a surgeon is asked to perform a procedure that they haven’t done before or weren’t scheduled to perform, they could make a mistake that causes the patient to suffer a severe injury.
Examples of medical malpractice include:
- Medication Errors. Whether you’re given the incorrect dosage of the right medication or the wrong medication, the results can be dangerous. Too little medication may not help your condition, while an overdose can cause other health complications. If you’re given the wrong medication, it may react to other medical conditions or medication you have or you may suffer an allergic reaction.
- Missed Diagnosis. If a doctor didn’t correctly diagnose you, the original ailment can continue to worsen. Doctors are supposed to take your symptoms into account and possibly order tests to rule out possibilities. They may misread a test or fail to order tests in the first place.
- Surgical Errors. When a surgeon makes a mistake, they could cause permanent injuries. In some cases, a patient could be given the wrong procedure or have the wrong area operated on. A negligent surgeon could also leave medical tools and sponges inside the patient, which will need to be removed with another procedure.
- Failure to Diagnose. If a doctor doesn’t recognize symptoms, they may fail to diagnose the patient. This could result in a patient that needs immediate care being sent home or otherwise not being seen in a timely manner. This can be extremely dangerous if the patient is exhibiting serious symptoms like chest pains or having trouble breathing.
- Lack of Informed Consent. Before you undergo treatment or a surgical procedure, your doctor is supposed to discuss the possible benefits and risks of the treatment so you can make an informed decision if you want to proceed or not. Doctors are not supposed to push patients to have an unnecessary procedure. If this did not occur before a treatment or procedure and something happened, you may have grounds for a claim. If the complication that arose is something your doctor should have informed you of and this information may have dissuaded you from proceeding, our lawyers will review if you can receive compensation for the losses you’ve suffered.
If you believe you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, you should reach out to Thomas Law Offices. A Kansas City medical malpractice attorney from our firm will go over what happened to you and determine if you have a valid case.
What Medical Professionals Could Cause You Harm?
When you’re being treated for a medical issue, you will may encounter multiple types of medical professionals. If anyone in the process of treating you acts negligently or recklessly, they could make a mistake that results in harm to you. Here are some possible parties that may be responsible for your injuries and losses:
- Physician Assistants
You may not know who was responsible for the medical mistake immediately after the injury. That’s why it’s vital to have an experienced Kansas City medical malpractice lawyer representing you. When our lawyers are at your side, we’ll carefully review who was in charge of your care and when the medical mistake occurred.
We’ll begin to compile evidence that shows you were a victim of medical malpractice and deserve compensation for your injuries. Let’s look into what needs to be present in a medical malpractice case.
What Are the Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case?
While each medical malpractice case will have unique circumstances and details, there are a few common elements that our attorneys will show in your case.
- Establish Doctor-Patient Relationship. It’s important to show that there was a doctor-patient relationship, this shows that the medical professional agreed to treat you. This is important to show because there are situations that would not establish an eligible case. For example, overheard advice from a medical professional in public or at a gathering does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship.
- They Failed to Meet the Standard of Care. Medical professionals are supposed to act within a standard of care where they do not do more harm and treat the patient how others trained in the medical professional’s area of expertise would treat a patient. However, just because a patient’s health doesn’t improve, or they don’t like their treatment, may not show this. In some cases, a patient’s illness or injury may not be able to completely heal, which is a result of their condition, not the care they received.
- Their Failure Resulted in a Medical Mistake. After showing they didn’t meet the standard of care, we’ll gather evidence to show the mistake the medical professional made.
- The Mistake Caused the Patient Injury. Looking into your medical records can show the injuries or illnesses you suffered because of the mistake. Your attorney will take measures to show that this mistake could have been prevented if the medical professional had acted differently.
Our attorneys know how complex medical malpractice cases can be. In addition to having these elements in your case, we’ll also consult with medical experts who will be able to provide testimony about your treatment. The medical expert will have a similar education and area of medical practice as the negligent medical professional who caused your injuries. The expert’s testimony about your doctor or nurse failing to meet the standard of care can help strengthen your case.
We understand how daunting the legal process can be. While it can be difficult to live with an injury or illness that shouldn’t have happened to you in the first place, a Kansas City medical malpractice attorney from Thomas Law Offices is here to help you get your future back on track.
Seek Help from Thomas Law Offices
When you’re trying to heal from the injuries you’ve suffered along with affording the treatment you need, it’s important to have a Kansas City medical malpractice lawyer to handle the legal responsibilities so you can focus on recovering.
Our lawyers will explain the process to you and answer any questions you have. We’ll know the laws that apply to your case and will make sure everything is filed correctly and on time. You can have peace of mind that you have experienced personal injury lawyers fighting for your best interests. Give our office a call today so we can begin fighting for your rights.