How Does Medical Malpractice Differ from Other Types of Personal Injuries?

If you have suffered a personal injury as the result of medical malpractice, you may have already realized that the emotional impacts of a medical malpractice injury can be very different than the impact of different types of personal injuries.  At Mary Anne Covone, P.C., a Westmont medical malpractice lawyers group, we have experience dealing with medical malpractice and can help explain why medical malpractice lawsuits are different from other types of personal injury law.

  1. You feel as if you participated in the injuring event.  In many other types of personal injuries, the person who is harmed was an unwilling victim of a wrongdoer.  However, in medical malpractice lawsuits, the injured party had some agency in the injuring event. Whether you carefully researched a doctor and a procedure, only to have malpractice occur, or consented to an emergency procedure in a critical life-or-death type scenario, there is usually some type of relationship between a doctor and a patient prior to an injury occurring.  This can have a devastating impact on medical malpractice victims.  First, victims believe they share responsibility for an injury, because they allowed it to happen.  Second, victims may be wary of trusting other professionals, such as medical malpractice attorneys, and may delay seeking the help they need.
  2. You may not have an accurate picture of the events as they occurred.  Most people do not have sufficient medical expertise to determine when medical malpractice has occurred.  Sometimes malpractice occurs during a surgery or other procedure when a patient is literally unaware of what is occurring.  However, it often occurs when a patient is aware, but does not know what is happening.  Improper medication, the wrong medication doses, failure to comply with a doctor’s orders, and misdiagnosis may all occur with a patient’s awareness and even active participation, but that does not mean that the patient is in a position to spot or prevent the malpractice.
  3. It may be very difficult to detect.  Oftentimes, medical malpractice is covered up by healthcare providers, making it difficult, if not impossible, for patients to pinpoint what went wrong with their treatment.

If you have questions about medical malpractice, the lawyers at Mary Anne Covone, P.C., would be happy to review your case and help you determine whether medical malpractice occurred, and, if so, who is responsible.

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