A confident doctor can go a long way in ensuring you feel safe and secure before undergoing medical treatment. However, confidence in the doctor may also mean the victim of a medical mistake is less willing to pursue a medical malpractice claim. Even the best doctors can make dangerous mistakes and the injury victim should not be the one to pay the price.
If you suffered an injury during medical care or treatment, the team of medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are here to help.
Doctor’s Standard of Care in Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is rarely intentional. Even if the doctor made a mistake, the doctor may be liable for damages if they breached their duty of care to the patient. Medical professionals are held to the standard of care of a reasonably skilled healthcare professional with similar training and education, in a similar medical community.
If the doctor’s actions or conduct fell below the standard of care, which caused injury or harm to the patient, the doctor may be legally liable for damages. For example, an orthopedic surgeon was doing a knee replacement surgery. After the surgery, the doctor realized the surgery was done on the wrong knee. Operating on the wrong body part may be a breach of the doctor’s duty of care and the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice.
Refusing to Admit to Making a Mistake
Doctors and healthcare professionals do not often admit to making a mistake, even if that mistake caused a serious injury to the patient. Reasons why the doctor may not admit to making a mistake include fear of retaliation, loss of respect of peers, or not wanting to deal with the paperwork. Doctors may also feel pressure to cover-up for colleagues who make mistakes.
When a mistake injures a patient, the doctor should be held accountable for their actions. A medical malpractice lawsuit is a way for injury victims to recover compensation and may also help others avoid a similar accident in the future.
Sometimes the Patient Knows Best
Some doctors can be overly confident. They may be so confident in their own diagnosis that they don’t listen to the patient. The patient often knows their own body better than the doctor. If the doctor is not hearing the patient’s complaints and symptoms, the doctor may end up making a mistake in diagnosis or treatment.
Can I Recover Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case?
Even if you are not sure if you have a medical malpractice case, a free consultation with Gilman & Bedigian will help you understand if you can recover damages. Damages in a Maryland medical malpractice case can include:
- Medical care
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
The medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are committed to helping our clients obtain the financial compensation they deserve to rebuild their lives after a medical error. To discuss your injuries with a member of our legal team, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today.
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