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Getting back to normal after a medical error

Jan 22, 2018 | Doctor Errors

New York patients who undergo a medical procedure expect that they will be well cared for. However, there are times when it does not go as planned, and this could cause additional health problems. Ideally, people who this has happened to will get answers as to why a mistake happened. If not, it may be worthwhile to consider legal action against parties who may have played a role in causing the error.

An attorney may be willing to meet with an injured patient to go over his or her legal options. It is important to point out that a medical error in itself does not necessarily rise to the level of medical malpractice. In some cases, doctors and other medical professionals will not reveal why an error was made out of fear that it could result in a lawsuit. Ironically, failing to disclose the reason for an error could increase the likelihood of legal action.

In many cases, a settlement will be reached before a trial begins. It is a good idea for injured patients to regularly communicate with their attorneys throughout the legal process, as cases may take months or years to resolve.

The actions of a negligent doctor may cause a person to become temporarily or permanently disabled. This may make it difficult or impossible to return to work or retain close relationships with friends and family members. In addition to compensation for medical bills, other damages could include lost wages, pain and suffering, and other applicable amounts Other parties such as the hospital where the mistake happened could also be held financially responsible in some cases.