Arizona patients who go to a doctor for treatment may assume that everything will be safe. However, this is not always the case. Doctors may make mistakes just like any professional might.
In some cases, those mistakes might rise to the level of medical malpractice although this is not always the case. When medical professionals acknowledge an error promptly, there is sometimes less chance of a lawsuit. People often simply want the matter acknowledged and fixed. However, they may begin to feel differently if it appears the doctor is avoiding them and the issue.
People who have experienced medical errors might want to talk to an attorney about the situation. If the attorney agrees that medical malpractice appears to have occurred, there could still be a long process ahead. In the meantime, depending on how the patient was affected by the error, there could be significant lifestyle changes such as needing to install handicapped equipment and employ health care workers to assist in the home. One aim of a lawsuit may be to get compensation to pay for some or all of these expenses. It is also possible that a medical malpractice suit could be settled out of court.
There are a number of different ways that medical errors might happen. Surgical errors could include administering the wrong dose of anesthesia, wrong-site surgery, leaving a sponge or other equipment behind in a patient's body, or failing to properly address complications after surgery. In a successful lawsuit, a patient will need to demonstrate both that harm was done and that it was the result of negligence on the part of the medical professional. An attorney representing a plaintiff will endeavor to show through the opinions of medical experts that the practitioner failed to exhibit the requisite standard of care.