Medical care is more advanced and sophisticated than it has ever been. However, it is also more chaotic and costly. Because of all this, patients can often feel overwhelmed and uninformed when it comes to their health care options, expectations and needs.
For these reasons, many people struggle to understand their choices when they feel they have not received the care they wanted or expected. This can result in some costly oversights and mistakes that could jeopardize not only a person's health but also their financial resources.
Too often, patients allow hospitals and medical professionals to dismiss their concerns or provide inadequate care because they don't understand their rights because they don't know they have every right to ask questions and for second opinions. People might accept a flimsy, questionable explanation of why something went wrong or failed to work. They might also accept a financial settlement from a hospital after a problematic situation without taking the time assess whether it is fair or not.
Alternatively, patients can jump to the conclusion that just because they have suffered an negative outcome after receiving care, they have been the victim of malpractice. However, the fact is that there is a difference between negligence and genuine error, which is a distinction examined more thoroughly in this article.
Complications do arise in the course of medical care, and there is no guarantee that a certain treatment or procedure will be effective and free of complications. However, there are also standards and practices in place that must be followed to minimize these situations.
Because of how much patients don't and can't know when it comes to their medical care, it can be crucial to reach out for help when and if an issue does arise. A legal representative familiar with medical malpractice claims should be able to explain your rights as a patient and help you assess whether a negative medical event was the result of negligence or not.