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 are 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. Our diligence in offering the best legal defense in medical issues has made us a pioneer in this crucial field of personal injury liability.
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- Administering an outdated or unsubstantiated treatment
As with all medical malpractice lawsuits, treatment errors only are considered negligence 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 case.
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 have the desired outcome, that is not necessarily an error. There are often rates of success with treatments; even the most reliable may have some rate of failure. If the physician offered you the best option according to medical opinion, but it had poor results, it is not an error in judgment, it is just unfortunate.
It is only when you get poor results from the wrong treatment that it can be construed as medical malpractice. If a certain treatment has documented success, but your doctor offers an outdated or risky form of treatment instead, this could be a treatment error if it causes you harm. The injury can be from the wrong treatment or from not getting the one that would have been better suited to your illness. Either way, a treatment error occurred and because of it, you were injured, which is a form of medical malpractice.
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 specialize in medical malpractice, with a vast knowledge of using the law to benefit our Louisiana clients who have been harmed due to treatment errors and other types of medical negligence. Call our office in Lafayette or Shreveport to schedule a consultation to speak with one of our legal experts about your case.