What Happens if Your Doctor or Hospital Denies Medical Malpractice?
Dealing with a serious injury or illness that occurred after you were treated by someone who was supposed to make you feel better can be extremely difficult. You may feel like your trust was violated and that your healthcare provider didn’t care about your wellbeing or recovery. And while not at all poor outcomes are caused by medical malpractice, some are—but getting doctors, hospitals, and clinics to admit that malpractice occurred can be difficult.
In fact, most healthcare providers and facilities will initially deny malpractice in almost all claims. That’s because the burden of proof is enormous and it lies solely on the victims themselves and their lawyers if they choose to hire them. In addition, medicine is an inexact science, and that means mistakes and poor outcomes can be waved away or minimized by providers, their legal teams, and their insurers.
But having an experienced and aggressive legal team on your side can change everything. Even the most uncooperative healthcare provider or facility can’t do much when there’s overwhelming evidence pointing towards negligent behavior causing an injury or illness. And at Skolrood Law Firm, that’s exactly what we look for when we build medical malpractice claims for our clients.
Our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers don’t leave anything to chance, and we don’t give doctors or hospitals any “outs.” We build airtight claims filled with evidence they can’t deny, and we demand they pay our clients fair and square for what they’ve been through. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help you and your family.
What Counts as Medical Malpractice?
People who are harmed by negligent medical professionals have experienced major breaches in their trust and faith in the healthcare profession. Unfortunately, not all doctors, surgeons, and other providers do their jobs to the best of their ability every day. Some make reckless mistakes that put patients’ health, well-being, and even their lives at risk. When that happens, those patients can and should file medical malpractice claims.
But what constitutes a medical malpractice claim? There are a few negligent actions on the behalf of healthcare providers that can be considered medical malpractice, including:
- Failure to diagnose—If a patient goes to their doctor with obvious symptoms of a serious illness, and their doctor fails to make a correct diagnosis, they can be held liable for the patient’s damages.
- Surgical errors—These errors including operating on the wrong body part, performing unnecessary procedures, and leaving medical equipment, such as sponge or gauze, inside a patient’s body.
- Prescription errors—Medications can help manage a patient’s symptoms and illness, but they can also cause serious harm, especially when doctors don’t check for potential interactions or if they prescribe the wrong dosage or even the wrong drug altogether.
- Not informing patients of their options—Patients should always have the right to choose their treatment options and plans. When doctors fail to inform them of their options, it can be considered medical malpractice.
If you or someone you love suspects you’re a victim of medical malpractice, get in touch with Skolrood Law Firm today. Our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers will work hard to get you the compensation you’re owed. Contact us for a free consultation.
IF YOU SUSPECT YOU’RE A VICTIM OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, YOU NEED A LAWYER BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
Virginia has a statute of limitations for personal injuries, including medical malpractice. That statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurred. While that may seem like a long time, it can vanish in the blink of an eye—especially after a surgical procedure.
Surgical medical malpractice can be particularly difficult to diagnose or prove, especially while you’re recovering. Many of the complications, side effects, and symptoms you can experience can be chalked up to typical post-surgery sensations and complications. That can make it difficult to have your claims taken seriously by your doctor and especially by the hospital or healthcare facility where the operation took place.
It’s common for medical malpractice victims to be dissuaded from thinking anything went wrong with their procedures. That can cause them to wait months or even years hoping for their symptoms to improve. But in the meantime, they end up getting worse because their procedures caused serious and permanent damage to organs, muscles, tissue, nerves, or other critical body parts.
Then, when they try to file a claim, the statute of limitations has either expired or is about to expire, making it almost impossible for their attorneys to prepare their claims in time. If you suspect medical malpractice, don’t wait to get the help you deserve.
The sooner you contact the Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm, the better your chances will be of getting full compensation. We’ll likely have more evidence to prove you were harmed, and we’ll have more time to build your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.