“I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.” This line comes from the Hippocratic Oath, which has been taken by physicians for more than 2,000 years. It seems straightforward enough, but not all physicians who take the Oath mean what they say.
We trust our surgeons and doctors to do their best when treating us. We trust our doctors to take care when making a diagnosis, and we trust our surgeons to be rested and alert for our procedures. Unfortunately, not all that trust is well placed.
When a negligent physician harms a patient, it is the personal-injury lawyer’s job to help them seek justice for their suffering. Medical-malpractice lawsuits serve to compensate victims and spread the word about negligence, hopefully preventing future cases of malpractice.
At Wolfson & Leon, we strive to support our patients throughout the process of filing a lawsuit. We gather evidence and expert witnesses, and structure your case to prove that you have been wronged and deserve compensation. To learn more about how we can help you, Call Us At 305-285-1115 Today!
Can A Misdiagnosis Serve As Grounds For A Lawsuit?
Yes. When a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, they treat that patient for a medical issue that isn’t there while the true ailment is allowed to progress. Furthermore, some treatments harm patients (think chemotherapy), so a misdiagnosis can be dangerous. It’s not only possible to sue over a misdiagnosis; it’s common.
According to CBS News, researchers recorded that misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses were the most common causes of medical malpractice claims. Many claims concerned cancer, which can progress beyond treatment after a misdiagnosis.
Can I Sue After A Robotic Surgery?
Medical fields are often the fastest progressing in terms of technology. New medical technologies save lives, but under-tested or misunderstood technologies harm patients. Many of those injured during robotic surgeries are confused about their rights. After all, you can’t sue a robot—or can you?
CBS News reports that large surgical robots, such as the famous da Vinci, are in widespread use now. In fact, da Vinci performed more than 400,000 surgeries in the United States last year. Unfortunately, not every surgery went well.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating reports of accidents during robotic surgery that were caused by malfunctions. Many of the medical malpractice lawsuits that follow these surgeries focus on the surgeon who controls the robot, but experts attribute a growing number of these injuries to robotic malfunctions.
What Is Informed Consent?
Before treating you, your doctor must advise you of the possible risks and side effects associated with the procedure. In some cases, they must also advise you on your alternatives.
If your doctor fails to disclose the possible complications, then you cannot give informed consent. If you suffer a complication or side effect that your doctor failed to mention, then you may have grounds to file a lawsuit.
If you are looking for an experienced personal-injury lawyer in Miami to help with your medical-malpractice claim, come see us. At Wolfson & Leon, LLP, our office has been helping Miami residents for more than 50 years. To schedule a free case evaluation, Call Us At 305-285-1115 Today!