Why You Should Pursue a Malpractice Suit, Even If You Like Your Doctor


Medical malpractice is a troubling concept for everyone. As a patient, naturally, you trust your doctors to know what's best and to take expertly good care of you, especially when you're sick or injured. When this somehow backfires and your time in medical care leaves you worse off than where you started, something has gone terribly wrong. It's normal to feel betrayed and confused when you realize that the medical professionals you trusted have hurt you instead, and it never helps when the clinic or hospital denies anything could possibly have been done wrong.

Even Nice Doctors Make Mistakes

To make a bad situation worse, you may actually like your doctor. Many people have a personal relationship with their family doctor or specialists and even if this is a new doctor who you just met and thought was really nice, it can be hard to bring a damaging lawsuit against them. Even so, if you are truly suffering from the after-effects of medical malpractice, then you deserve compensation and need to pursue the case. That's why this process was put in place, to protect people like you.

That's What Malpractice Insurance is For

You might not already know this, but doctors are required to have malpractice insurance before they can work in a hospital or open their own clinic. It's required because the industry can safely assume that every single doctor will probably to need it at some point in their careers. Does this mean all or most doctors are bad? Of course not, they're just human. Just like us, they have bad days at work, make mistakes, and then have to deal with the consequences. But when doctors make mistakes, sometimes people get hurt and this time that person was you. Your doctor has malpractice insurance to pay your compensation because medical mistakes happen and no one's cracked the code to flawless medical care yet.

Your Doctor Should Be Fine

I hate to say it, but a lot of people choose not to seek compensation for health problems caused by medical malpractice because they don't want to hurt the doctor who made the mistake, but let's get a few concepts straightened out. Most doctors survive one or two malpractice suits in their career, especially if it wasn't malicious (and it usually isn't). While a lawsuit can increase their insurance premiums, you will not be taking money directly from your doctor, just what their insurance policy will pay. If it helps, think of this as a car accident instead. They didn't mean to run into you (make a medical mistake), but you had right of way and came out more smashed up so their insurance pays for your bodywork.

Your Right to Compensation

Finally, your pain, suffering, medical expenses, and loss of income matter. You had every reason to trust your medical providers, but instead of getting better you got much worse and not as a result of some progressing condition. Malpractice insurance is the medical community's way of apologizing for the fact that your doctor failed you, whether it was by accident, negligence, or (very rarely) intention. If you have suffered from the results of medical malpractice, you deserve complete compensation and filing a lawsuit is the legal way to claim it. The case just makes sure that all the facts are clear so that there's no dispute once you're granted damages payments.

All accident victims deserve the best legal representation possible, no matter what your financial circumstances are. That's why we won't ask for payment until we win the suit together. If you need expert legal advice on your personal situation, please contact me today. I'm always ready to help someone in need.

Written by Rob Ianuario

Although I was not born into the legal profession, I chose to go to law school and became an attorney in 2008. With the encouragement of many established attorneys, I started my Greenville, SC law practice in 2010. I am the son of an engineer with strong ties to the automotive industry and collector cars. I have even worked as a BMW mechanic in Munich, Germany. Weather and court permitting, I am proud to drive a 1931 Model A Ford on a regular basis.
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