On behalf of Smiley & Smiley, LLP posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Going to the doctor or a hospital for care should help people feel better. However, if you are the victim of a misdiagnosis or other medical mistake, you could wind up with additional or exacerbated symptoms that put your health in jeopardy.
In these situations, the hospital and/or doctor involved may try to dismiss an error or get you to agree to a resolution as quickly as possible. You might feel that accepting a questionable explanation or agreeing to care or a settlement right away will allow you to move forward, but making these decisions without the help of an attorney could prove to be a costly mistake.
Without legal guidance, you can be bullied or tricked into accepting an inaccurate explanation about what happened. If you don't have all the information about your condition, it can be extraordinarily difficult to make informed decisions about your health now and in the future.
You could also wind up agreeing to a settlement that is far less than you deserve. The hospital might offer to cover the expenses of treating or repairing the damage done, but in some cases, you could be eligible to receive that plus extensive compensation for economic and non-economic damages were you to take legal action.
Finally, attorneys who are familiar with medical malpractice claims can be far more comfortable talking to doctors and hospital management about care standards and patient rights than you are, especially when you are already dealing with a painful, upsetting medical condition.
For these and many other reasons, we urge readers to take some time before agreeing to anything after a medical mistake to consult an attorney like those at our law firm who have decades of experiencing resolving medical malpractice claims in New York. We can discuss your case with you to help you make informed decisions on your care, your rights and your legal options. For more information, please visit our website.
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