When a resident of Solon and throughout Ohio seeks medical care for an illness, condition or injury, they are not expecting to be made sicker or have more damage done to them than they had before. Unfortunately, when a doctor error takes place, it can cause significant problems and even death. Doctors are entrusted with lives of individuals and their families. When a mistake is made, it is only fair that they are held accountable for the aftermath including lost wages, medical expenses, the need for extensive treatment and even fatalities.
It does not even necessarily need to be a doctor who made the mistake. Other medical professionals such as nurses, anesthesiologists and other members of the medical staff who are given the immense responsibility to care for others are prone to making errors. These can happen due to negligence, incompetence or by simply not paying attention. For example, it is not unusual for there to be a surgical procedure scheduled and a mistake is made where the wrong body part is operated on. Medical equipment has been left behind in a person's body after a procedure. Tests to determine if a person has a disease such as cancer can come back and be read as negative when it should have been read as positive and vice versa.
Patients and their families can take certain steps to try and mitigate the risk of being hurt or dying because of a medical error. Researching a doctor and medical facility's history; asking questions even if they are repetitive and probing; staying up-to-date on current medical trends; having family members to provide support; knowing what the problem is and asking viable questions as to the treatment options; and getting second and even third opinions can be beneficial. However, this level of vigilance -- while wise -- should not be necessary to avoid being hurt when seeing a doctor.
Those who have been injured, gotten worse after a medical treatment or lost a loved one must be cognizant of the possibility that it was due to a medical error, a failure to diagnose or some other gaffe. A legal firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases can help to investigate the incident and take all the necessary steps to file a lawsuit and secure compensation.