We put our faith in doctors to diagnose diseases and treat illnesses. When that confidence is broken and the treatments best suited for a patient’s condition are not explored, that person will suffer.
When a patient is harmed because of poor or overlooked treatment, this is considered medical malpractice. Maybe your doctor or nurse did not provide you with treatment that was customary and acceptable, or maybe they misdiagnosed your condition or prescribed you the incorrect medication.
Medical malpractice can occur in nearly any area of health care. It can leave patients with the stress of:
- Significant medical bills
- Physical pain
- Emotional pain
- Permanent disabilities
A widespread problem
Every year nearly 100,000 people in America will die from medical mistakes. When a health care professional is negligent and those actions lead to you being injured, that person or organization should be held liable.
From an adverse reaction to the wrong medication to a leg that was mistakenly amputated in an operation, medical malpractice can involve a variety of errors. A case can involve:
- Failure to diagnose serious diseases: A health care provider can be held liable if they do not diagnose a serious disease, or if they do not diagnose that disease soon enough, which increases a patient’s chance for beating it.
- Misuse of prescription drugs: If a patient was prescribed the wrong prescription and had a bad reaction when mixed with another medication, or if they were not properly educated about the risks of the drug.
- Failure to perform correct surgical procedures: If an operation was performed incorrectly and the patient suffered complications or detrimental side effects.
- Failure to properly treat: If a medical problem is untreated or mistreated because of a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or the wrong medication was prescribed.
- Failure to correctly administer anesthesia: If a patient suffered serious complications from anesthesia, the anesthesiologist may not have used proper or sensitive techniques and could be held liable for medical malpractice.
Four key elements
In medical malpractice suits, the court system will consider four key elements to decide whether or not you deserve compensation for your injuries. They are:
- Whether your physician or health care provider was responsible for providing your treatment
- Whether they failed to provide the necessary treatment
- If you sustained injuries as a result
- If your injuries were caused by that person’s failure to provide the essential treatment
At Craig Swapp & Associates we will help you prove these elements in court and work to win your case and get you the damages for your injuries. If you were the victim of medical malpractice and live in the Boise area, please contact our Boise medical malpractice attorneys today. Our tough and knowledgeable lawyers will fight for your rights against hospitals, nurses and doctors who were in the wrong. Please call today and schedule your complimentary, confidential consultation.
Craig Swapp & Associates
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2939 N. Cole Rd.
Boise, ID 83704