Most people understand that despite the advances of modern medicine, mistakes will occasionally occur. Often, affected patients don't need to take legal action, especially if the issue is minor. However, some errors are due to human carelessness or neglect, and they may lead to serious problems or even death. You might want to consult malpractice lawyers Toronto for advice if one of the following situations develops.
You are misdiagnosed.
A wrong diagnosis is not uncommon, but most are not serious. For example, a doctor may find that you have a type of breast cancer and correctly diagnosis its stage of development, but she might not initially know the exact type of cancer without further testing. A malpractice lawyer can advise you about legal options if you have experienced some type of loss as a result of the delay in complete diagnosis.
Your treatment isn't working.
Sometimes a medication does not work as expected. This can happen for many reasons, including the patient has another condition that contradicts the treatment or the patient is just not responding as hoped. However, if the doctor negligently prescribed the wrong medicine or the wrong dose, that could become the basis of a legal claim. Consulting a malpractice attorney is the first step to learn more.
You develop complications.
Following treatment or surgery, your symptoms do not improve. In fact, they get worse to the point that you have to miss work and lose income. Ask a medical malpractice attorney about the responsibilities of the treating physician to find out if you are eligible for financial compensation.
You experience loss as a result of treatment.
It is common knowledge that certain forms of chemotherapy can cause a patient's hair to fall out. But other side effects are less common and may be more severe. For example, some medications may cause liver damage, so liver tests should be routinely done to check for problems. If you develop a serious problem while taking medication for a different issue, it is important to find out if the doctor made a mistake or if the error could not have been anticipated.
You are charged for services not received.
Some doctors' offices handle their own billing, while others hire it out to medical billing experts. Either way, if you are charged for services you did not receive, or charged the wrong amount, follow up with the billing person. If you cannot get clear answers, ask a malpractice attorney to advise the next steps.
Medical mistakes can lead to serious consequences for the patient. If you feel your doctor has made a mistake that could have been avoided, contact a medical malpractice lawyer for information and legal guidance.