How To know If You Have a Medical Malpractice Case
Medical errors are a leading cause of death in this country, claiming roughly 250,000 lives each year according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Hundreds of thousands of people survive their doctor’s negligence but struggle with pain and high medical bills as they try to recover.
But how to know if you have a medical malpractice case? The fact that you did not immediately get well is not a sure sign since some people never improve even with top-notch treatment. Instead, look for the following signs and then get in contact with one of our medical malpractice attorneys.
You Receive a Differing Second Opinion
If you met with a doctor who told you that you were fine, but then met with a second doctor who told you that you had cancer, then the first doctor might have been negligent. Receiving a differing second opinion sometimes means that the first doctor missed diagnosis or made a wrong diagnosis.
Your Doctor Avoids You
Doctors should check up to see how you are doing. If your doctor avoids taking your phone calls, then this might indicate that the doctor has a guilty conscience.
You Suffer Extraordinary Consequences
Feeling some pain after surgery is normal. Having a heart attack shortly thereafter is not. Analyze how you are feeling after receiving treatment from your doctor. If your health dramatically declines, then your doctor might have injured you, which is a sign that you could have a malpractice claim.
A Mother Dies in Childbirth
The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is low, though it is climbing. Very few mothers should die in childbirth, and when one does, surviving family members need to consider the possibility that medical malpractice was to blame.
Many things can go wrong. For example, doctors should monitor the mother’s vital signs and respond to anything out of the ordinary, such as a spike in blood pressure. A negligent doctor might tell a mother she is fine when she reports chest pain and swollen ankles. If not properly treated, mothers can have a stroke or a seizure.
Other causes of injury in childbirth include internal bleeding that isn’t stopped, which can result in a drop in blood pressure.
A Child Has Developmental Problems
Doctor errors in labor and delivery can also injure babies. For example, oxygen might have been cut off from the child’s brain because a C-section was delayed.
Developmental issues with children sometimes don’t show up for years. It can be difficult to identify the cause of why your child’s development has been delayed. Meet with a doctor to review your child’s medical history and talk to an attorney.
Your Doctor Did Not Get Informed Consent
New Jersey law requires that doctors explain the medical procedure or treatment and alternatives before you agree to let them treat you. You also need to understand the risks.
As the New Jersey Supreme Court has stated, the purpose of informed consent is to give the patient “the information necessary to evaluate the risks and benefits of all the available options.” If your doctor provided very little information or no information at all, then you might have a medical malpractice case.
“Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?”
To fully answer this question, you should meet with an attorney at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, LLC. Our team has helped many people bring claims against doctors and hospitals, and we would be glad to meet with you to discuss your situation. We have obtained millions of dollars for our clients and are eager to use our experience for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our team.