We’re taught, from a young age, that, when we’re sick or injured, doctors are the ones who can and will help us. We respect them and put all of our trust in them, but, unfortunately, the truth is that doctors are humans, and humans make mistakes.
Sometimes, doctors may not treat their patients carefully or may make mistakes that prove harmful to the patient. Whether such actions were intentional or not, when a patient is suffering due to something that a doctor did, he or she can typically take legal action to seek justice and recover damages and costs related to the injury. When a patient takes this action, he is filing what is known as a medical malpractice claim, which is a wise choice in many cases for getting much-deserved help and compensation. Unfortunately, though, many people, even those who have been seriously injured at the hands of a doctor, fail to file malpractice claims when they should, if at all.
Why People Fail to File
There are all kinds of reasons why people fail to file medical malpractice claims when they should. Some common reasons include:
· They are unaware that medical malpractice occurred or of the rights that they have
· The doctor did not inform them that malpractice occurred or is also unaware of it
· They feel intimidated or overwhelmed by the process
· They feel like they cannot afford a lawyer and/or lawsuit
None of these reasons, though understandable, are good ones! When you have been injured at the hands of a doctor, you deserve justice, and you also have a responsibility to take action to prevent this kind of thing from happening to other patients.
No matter what your fears or worries, take the step of reaching out to qualified attorneys in your area. Many will handle your case for free and only recoup money if and when you win your case! So, really, there are no excuses. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, don’t be afraid or remain a victim; take action now!