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Should you worry about suing your medical provider for an error?

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Many people get hurt by the errors that their medical providers make. While most won’t go on to have further complications, some will. In those cases, it is reasonable to ask that the medical provider compensates them in some way.

Sometimes, suing the medical provider won’t be necessary if they can correct the situation. Other times, it may be necessary to sue, because the patient needs the compensation to support themselves after suffering serious or debilitating injuries.

If you are worried about suing the medical provider, you should not. If their error has harmed you, you have a right to make a claim.

Medical providers carry insurance in case of errors

Remember that your medical provider does carry insurance in case they make medical errors. After all, they are only human, and mistakes can happen. For particularly egregious errors, it’s reasonable to take the medical provider to court, too, if their insurance won’t cover enough.

Suing your doctor doesn’t automatically mean that they’ll lose their license or face other reprimands. They may be investigated if a mistake occurred, but not all errors lead to the loss of a license.

That being said, you may want to file a claim against your medical provider if:

  • A delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis occurred that led to significant injuries
  • You had childbirth complications that would not have happened if the appropriate standard of care was met
  • Medical mistakes were made, such as prescribing the wrong medication, and you were hurt as a result

These and other reasons could mean that you have a good basis for a medical malpractice claim.

If you are ready to make a claim, you should collect documentation about your injuries. You may want to get a second opinion and expert opinion for your case, too.

Don’t worry about the impact of your claim on the medical provider. Many cases are handled outside of court, allowing you to get what you need without a public trial. Additionally, the medical board may handle the investigation separately, so you can focus on your civil claim and not the provider’s possible licensing issues.