There are many forms of malpractice that you may have been a victim of. Often people think of malpractice as a doctor doing something terribly wrong to a patient, but it is more complex than this. Sometimes a doctor can make an honest mistake. On the other hand, there are many people who work in the medical field that can be liable for malpractice, not just a doctor. Because the law can be difficult to understand, there are medical malpractice lawyers Toronto to assist those who have been injured. The following are a few situations that may apply to you or a loved one.
A doctor prescribed the wrong treatment
This happens all of the time, but you need to understand that by itself, it does no constitute malpractice. However, if a doctor were to treat you in a different manner than other doctors would, given the available data, it could legally be considered malpractice. Perhaps the treatment was standard, but there was a lack of diligence in looking at your medical history to realize that a standard treatment would have an adverse effect on your health.
A doctor continues treatment that is ineffective
Another problem that can occur is that a treatment is not working, but the doctor continues to use it, and this creates a delay in finding the proper treatment, thus causing your health to degrade. In all of these situations listed here, the doctor was negligent, and this forms the cornerstone of any malpractice lawsuit.
The nursing staff is negligent with medication
The nursing staff of a hospital is usually the people who deliver the medication to a patient, so obviously they can cause great harm to a person when they administer the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. Although there are safeguards in place at hospitals, patients are still harmed by medication. In some cases, the negligence can lead to death.
Negligence with basic hygiene
This can be a big issue with long-term hospital stays and is especially prevalent among elderly patients. It is not always the physical harm done to a patient that is the issue, but the dignity of the patient as well. When the nursing staff is not fulfilling their duties in this area, patients can suffer emotional distress. The humiliation that person can feel combined with physical harm is abusive and can constitute malpractice.
Malpractice is not always easy to prove, but an attorney with experience in this area can assist you in determining the strength of your case and the chances of success. Also, keep in mind that you may be able to bring a case against a hospital on behalf of your loved one who may have died or is old and unable to defend themselves in court. To speak with a medical malpractice lawyer, contact Bogoroch & Associates LLP