Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional makes a mistake that another similarly qualified professional would not make and, in so doing, harms a patient.
Some injuries caused by medical malpractice may be apparent immediately, while others do not present symptoms for weeks or months.
Below, our Cleveland attorneys explain how to identify an injury caused by medical malpractice.
Identifying Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice comes in many forms, including, but not limited to, the following:
Some medical malpractice errors, such as an incorrect amputation or an infection caused by unsanitary surgical practices, may be apparent immediately. Others, such as birth injuries, may take more time to present themselves.
If you recently underwent medical treatment or a surgical procedure and you now have an injury for which you cannot identify the cause, taking the following measures may help you determine whether it was caused by medical malpractice:
Review recent medical records and try to line up the timeline as to when you received treatment and when your injury presented itself.
If you suspect your child sustained a birth injury, determine when the first warning signs of the birth injury presented themselves. Then, match the symptoms to those belonging to certain birth injuries and determine if and how medical malpractice may have caused it.
Think back to when you received medical treatment and ask yourself the following questions: Was your healthcare provider professional? Did they spend adequate time with you? Did they answer all of your questions, or did they rush through your appointment? Did they fully explain your aftercare treatment to you?
If your answers to any of the aforementioned inquiries point to medical malpractice, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
At The Mellino Law Firm LLC, we have the skills and experience needed to launch an investigation into instances of medical malpractice and hold doctors and hospitals accountable for their actions.
Contact us today at (440) 333-3800 to schedule a free consultation with our team.