If you or someone you love is believed to have been a victim of medical malpractice, the first thing you should do is get a second opinion from a trusted and reputable doctor. Often times, a doctor's opinion can go a long way in these cases. Still, before you pursue your medical malpractice case, there are some important facts you need to be aware of, as there are so many myths out there about medical malpractice.
Myth 1: Medical Malpractice is Difficult to Prove
A lot of people don't truly understand what constitutes medical malpractice. All too often, people believe that such a charge doesn't apply to accidental damages, but the fact remains that any medical error--whether it be caused by a lapse in judgement or a complete accident--can be prosecuted. That being said, so long as you document your injuries/damages properly and obtain a written opinion from another doctor, it's really not that difficult to prove.
Myth 2: Trying to Beat a Doctor's Team of Lawyers is Pointless
Many people who have been victims of medical malpractice worry that their case will not be taken seriously because they'll be going up against doctors and their expensive teams of lawyers. And while it's true that doctors often have powerful legal teams at their disposal, the fact remains that it's always worth fighting for your best interests and any compensation you may deserve. Otherwise, you're only sending the message to the doctor that it's okay to be careless.
Myth 3: Winning a Case Will Cause a Doctor to Lose His/Her Credentials
Another common myth that you should be aware of is that if you get a doctor convicted of medical malpractice, he or she will automatically lose any credentials he or she had. This may include medical licenses and certifications. However, this generally isn't the case except for in situations of gross negligence. Instead, the doctor will most likely face a fine and other penalties, but will probably be able to continue practice.
Myth 4: You Don't Need to Hire a Lawyer for a Malpractice Case
Perhaps the worst mistake you can make (aside from deciding not to file your medical malpractice case altogether) is thinking you can tackle this case on your own and without the help of a lawyer. The process of filing and fighting a malpractice case can be very challenging and confusing, so it's in your best interests to have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer on your side from the beginning.