A 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety found that up to 440,000 patients die every year because of medical errors. This would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer. One type of error that can lead to serious harm or even death is performing the wrong treatment.
Patients who suffer harm because of a medical professional’s error have the right to file a lawsuit to recover damages. Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC can help – call us at (360) 459-5600.
Understanding Cases Involving Doctors Administering the Wrong Treatment
Causes of Treatment Errors
Treatment errors occur for a variety of reasons. For example, a treatment error may occur because the condition from which the patient is suffering is beyond the scope of the doctor’s knowledge or training, and he or she fails to refer the patient to an appropriate specialist. Or a treatment error may occur because of a diagnostic error – a patient’s condition may go undiagnosed or the doctor may misdiagnose it and order an ineffective, or even harmful, treatment.
Communication errors between doctors and nurses can cause errors during the treatment process, including administering the wrong treatment on the wrong patient. There are many other possible causes of a treatment-related error. Talk to an attorney to review the specifics of your case.
The Difference Between Wrong Treatment and Poor Outcomes
It’s important to note that there is a difference between a doctor administering the wrong treatment and the patient simply receiving a poor outcome. The former refers to an error made during the treatment process – medication error, use of an outdated treatment method, use of treatment record with poor track record, etc.
The latter – a poor outcome – is different. If the doctor made the correct choice in treatment, administered the right treatment and performed it correctly, but the patient responded poorly to the treatment, the doctor may not be liable for any damages.
The following provides an example of the difference between wrong treatment and poor outcome.
Two patients are suffering from a form of cancer that is treatable with chemotherapy. Two different doctors are treating the patients. The first patient’s doctor decides that the patient should not undergo chemotherapy, despite mounting evidence suggesting that the patient could benefit from it. He instead prescribes an experimental treatment with little to no evidence of efficacy. As such, the patient does not receive chemotherapy, and the cancer progresses.
The second patient’s doctor decides his patient should undergo chemotherapy and starts treatment immediately. Despite following all protocol and relying on the latest medical research, the patient does not respond to the chemotherapy, and the cancer progresses.
In the two examples above, a court is likely to find that only the first doctor made a treatment error. A doctor only commits medical malpractice when he or she fails to execute the duty to a patient properly.
Our Approach to Cases Involving Doctors Administering the Wrong Treatment
At Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC, we understand the profound impact that receiving the wrong treatment can have on your life or the life of your loved one. Our experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys is dedicated to helping individuals who have suffered due to medical professionals’ errors in treatment. Here’s an overview of our approach when handling cases involving wrong treatment:
- Comprehensive Case Evaluation: We begin by conducting a thorough evaluation of your case. Our goal is to understand the specifics of your situation, including the type of treatment error, the extent of harm or damages suffered, and the circumstances surrounding the incident. This comprehensive assessment forms the foundation of our legal strategy.
- Medical Expertise: We collaborate with medical experts who specialize in the relevant field of medicine. These experts play a crucial role in our cases, providing their professional opinions and insights. Their expertise helps us establish the standard of care that should have been provided and demonstrate how the wrong treatment deviated from this standard.
- Gathering Evidence: We work diligently to gather all necessary evidence to support your case. This includes medical records, treatment plans, test results, witness statements, and any other pertinent documentation. We leave no stone unturned when building a strong case on your behalf.
- Proving Negligence: To succeed in a medical malpractice case involving wrong treatment, we must establish that a healthcare professional acted negligently. We demonstrate that the medical provider failed to adhere to the accepted standard of care, leading to the wrong treatment and subsequent harm. Our legal team has the expertise and resources to effectively prove negligence.
- Pursuing Damages: We vigorously pursue the compensation you deserve for the damages you’ve suffered. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and any other losses resulting from the wrong treatment. Our goal is to ensure you are fairly compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial hardships you’ve endured.
- Client-Centered Approach: Throughout the legal process, we prioritize your well-being and peace of mind. Our team maintains open communication with you, providing updates on the progress of your case and addressing any concerns you may have. We are committed to offering personalized, compassionate legal representation tailored to your unique needs.
- Experienced Advocacy: With years of experience handling medical malpractice cases, our attorneys have the knowledge and skills required to navigate the complexities of these matters. We are dedicated advocates for our clients, committed to seeking justice on their behalf.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of wrong treatment by a medical professional, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC. We offer a free case consultation to discuss the details of your situation and provide legal guidance. Contact us today at (360) 459-5600 to take the first step toward seeking the compensation and justice you deserve.
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You May File a Medical Malpractice Suit for Wrong Treatment
If you did not receive treatment that you should have, if the doctor made an error when administering the treatment or you otherwise received negligent care, then you may have a medical malpractice case. In Washington State, you must file suit within three years of the malpractice, so contact a lawyer today.
The attorneys at Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC, will take a look at your case during a free consultation and decide whether or not you have a solid claim. If you do, we’ll help you file your lawsuit for damages and fight to protect your interests. Call us today at (360) 459-5600 to set up your appointment so you can get started.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cases Involving Doctors Administering the Wrong Treatment
Treatment errors can occur due to various reasons, including a doctor’s lack of knowledge or training in a specific area, diagnostic errors, communication errors between healthcare providers, and other factors. Each case may have unique contributing factors.
Administering the wrong treatment refers to an error made during the treatment process, such as medication errors or using an ineffective treatment method. A poor treatment outcome, on the other hand, occurs when the correct treatment is provided, but the patient’s response is unfavorable. Liability for medical malpractice typically applies in cases where the wrong treatment was administered.
If you believe you have been a victim of wrong treatment, it’s essential to consult with an attorney experienced in medical malpractice cases. They can assess the specifics of your situation, gather evidence, and determine whether you have a valid claim for damages.
In Washington State, patients generally have three years from the date of the malpractice or one year from the date of discovery (whichever is later) to file a medical malpractice claim, as per the Revised Code of Washington Section 4.16.350.
Medical experts play a crucial role in these cases by providing professional opinions and insights into the standard of care that should have been provided. They help establish whether the healthcare professional deviated from this standard, which is essential in proving negligence.
Damages that can be pursued may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and any other losses resulting from the wrong treatment. The goal is to provide fair compensation for physical, emotional, and financial hardships.
Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC offers a comprehensive approach to handling such cases, including a thorough case evaluation, collaboration with medical experts, evidence gathering, proving negligence, pursuing damages, client-centered representation, and experienced advocacy. We provide a free case consultation to discuss your situation and legal options.
You can contact Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC for a free case consultation by calling (360) 459-5600. Our team will assess your case and guide you on the next steps in seeking justice and compensation.