When Delaware patients turn to doctors and other types of care providers, it is with the expectation that they will receive a certain level of care. When doctors, hospitals, nurses, technicians and others violate that trust through some type of negligence or a medical mistake, the patient can suffer serious physical harm. At this point, the victim could have legal options available to him or her.
Next steps for victims
It can be overwhelming for one to learn of a medical error of any kind. Whether it was a mistake made during surgery or an infection that is the result of substandard care and lack of cleanliness, patients do not have to stay silent about their suffering. The following steps are beneficial for those who are suffering because of malpractice:
- Contact the medical professional involved with the incident
- Contact the appropriate medical licensing board
- Begin exploring the process of filing a civil claim and learning about timelines
- Get a medical assessment to determine the merit of a potential claim
Many medical malpractice cases settle out of court, but it may be necessary to pursue litigation to reach a beneficial outcome.
Patient rights and interests
Patients who suffer because of the actions or inaction of a medical professional could have grounds to pursue a malpractice claim. A medical mistake is often a legitimate reason to seek compensation for damages and other types of losses. A Delaware patient will find it beneficial to pursue an understanding of his or her legal options by reaching out for the support and guidance of an experienced attorney.