When you have a serious medical issue, you rely on medical professionals to diagnose and give you the appropriate treatment. However, when either a poor diagnosis or incorrect treatment occurs that causes you injury, you may be a victim of medical negligence.
At Nelson & Hammons, we have spent decades fighting for the rights of our patients who have suffered due to medical malpractice, including treatment errors.
Treatment errors can be detrimental in obtaining the proper care for many ailments. Whether you are undergoing surgery or receiving a simple prescription from your doctor, the wrong treatment can be devastating to your health. Treatment errors can include:
- Administering the wrong treatment for the ailment
- Not offering treatment
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Administering an outdated treatment
As with all medical malpractice claims, treatment errors are considered a basis for a valid medical negligence claim seeking compensation for damages only when they result in injury or harm. Taking the wrong medication but not having any adverse effects is not a reason to sue your physician. However, if taking the wrong medication allows your ailment to become worse or the wrong medication causes you harm, you may have a treatment errors claim.
Poor Results vs Treatment Errors
It is important to understand the difference between not getting the result you desire from treatment and an actual error. If your physician prescribes a treatment that is the standard method of treatment for your illness, but it does not cause the desired outcome, the undesired outcome is not the result of an error. There are often rates of success with treatments; even the most reliable may have some rate of failure.
Louisiana Medical Malpractice Attorneys
When you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a treatment error, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the pain or discomfort it has caused. Our team at Nelson & Hammons focuses our practice on medical malpractice cases. Call our office in Lafayette or Shreveport to schedule a consultation to speak with one of our attorneys about your potential case.