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What if I think my doctor hurt me?

On Behalf of | May 1, 2016 | Medical Malpractice |

When people get sick or suffer an injury, they understand that their symptoms or pains may actually increase or cause other correlated issues. What they do not expect and should never accept is for their doctors or medical teams to actually make matters worse. Especially if this was caused by negligence.

Negligence can occur when a doctor does not thoroughly review the medicines you are on before prescribing you to take other medications that may have adverse reactions when combined. Another example would be a surgery in which the doctor operates on the wrong organ or amputates the wrong limb or even leaves tools or gauze in a cavity before suturing the opening. These are more obvious examples of negligence and may fall under the res ipsa loquitur doctrine, meaning “the thing speaks for itself” which means the burden of proof switches from you to the doctor to prove they are not responsible, rather than your requirement to prove that they are.

Less obvious areas of medical malpractice are occurrences where the doctor did not get your written consent before performing medical acts that contributed to your suffering. This form of negligence may be more difficult to prove for a couple of reasons. One is that the very doctor or medical professional that caused the problem may also be the one creating and keeping records needed for your case. Other times, records may be kept by medical professionals who draft the reports with an intention of protecting medical members involved.

If you are suffering due to the negligence of a doctor or medical caregiver, you may have means of recourse. While your health may or may not ever be able to return to the standard it once was, you may be able to hold negligent medical professionals responsible financially and professionally. An Ohio medical malpractice attorney may be able to work with you to pinpoint where the guilt should be and how to maximize your remuneration.