Hospital surgery does always work out the way you would like it to, but
that does not necessarily mean you are a victim of
Not everyone is going to be thrilled with the outcome of a medical event.
Perhaps they needed gallbladder surgery, a broken arm reset, an angiogram
or cancer surgery. All medical procedures come with a certain level of
risk for the patient, and in most instances, they are fully aware of what
those risks are in having the procedure done, just as they are aware of
what may happen if they do not have it done.
Most medical procedures and treatments go without a hitch. There is the
odd one that does not go as planned and the challenge at time is to figure
out whether or not the patient was a victim of medical negligence or just
a bad outcome, something the doctor may not have any control over. This
is why patients are asked to sign informed consent forms prior to any
treatment or surgery, acknowledging they are aware of the nature of the
treatment, what other alternatives there are and what risks they may face.
There certainly are instances where an informed consent form was not given
to the patient, was given to the patient when they were under the influence
of mind-altering drugs or handed to them just before they hit the operating
room. Under those circumstances, there may well be a case made for medical
malpractice. However, the patient must also be aware that signing those
consent forms does not guarantee them results and that they are additionally
agreeing that their procedure does have risk and that the results may
not always be what they expect.
To initiate a medical malpractice lawsuit, the patient needs to show that
the doctor was negligent. In legal terms, that would mean that the doctor’s
conduct fell way below the accepted standard of treatment by others in
the same area of practice. For instance, medical malpractice may be present
if the doctor gives a patient the wrong blood type, removes the wrong
leg while amputating, leaves a surgical instrument inside a patient or
operates on the wrong patient.
Stranger things have happened, and some of them are the direct result of
negligence. Some of them are a bad outcome to a situation in which everything
else was done correctly. The difference between medical negligence and
a bad outcome is something you need to speak to a qualified Cleveland
medical malpractice lawyer about. Their job is helping people who have
been harmed by medical negligence. If you suspect you may have been a
victim of a medical error, do not hesitate to call a Cleveland medical
malpractice lawyer and find out what your rights are.