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Medical errors can give rise to malpractice claims

For many people in North Carolina, a medical mishap can be a real nightmare. When people go in for medical treatment, especially for serious care like surgery or other treatments requiring hospitalization, they expect that they will emerge healthier and better off. However, in some cases, serious medical mistakes can lead to real problems for patients that suffer the effects of a physician's carelessness, negligence or incompetence while in surgery.

When a doctor makes a mistake, a patient may be looking to see how he or she can be made whole and how to seek accountability for the harms and damages done to him or her. Medical malpractice is frequently discussed in casual conversation or in television or billboard ads. However, medical malpractice is more significant than a mere mistake or error. Even skilled, competent surgeons make mistakes. In some cases, however, that error can rise to the level of serious malpractice.

For example, a cover-up after a medical mistake can make the situation worse and even exacerbate a patient's pain or medical condition. While some medical professionals may refrain from admitting their mistakes in an attempt to avoid liability, doing so can, in reality, intensify the level of medical malpractice and mistreatment of a patient. There are multiple different types of medical malpractice that a patient can experience from a missed diagnosis that leads to the development of a disease and severe health consequences to surgical errors that can cause disability or other serious injuries.

A medical malpractice attorney can consult with a victim of a serious medical error and assess the possibility of moving forward with a case. A malpractice case can be challenging for the victim. While some cases settle earlier on, others can involve lengthy court processes. However, being aware of one's legal options can be an important key mechanism in obtaining compensation for the harms suffered as a result of a severe medical error.

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