Medical malpractice occurs due to the negligence of a doctor, hospital, nurse, or other medical professional or facility. Patients and subsequently their family members are harmed due to the negligence of a trusted care provider or caregiver. Billions of people around the world put their trust and fate in the hands of medical professionals. However, despite their years of training, even medical professionals can make mistakes. Medical malpractice can cause serious injuries and even fatalities. In the case of such injuries and fatalities, the patient and or loved ones must seek the advice of a Hawaii Medical Malpractice Attorney.
Medical malpractice resulting in a catastrophic injury can occur during the initial diagnosis phase, during any medical procedure, during postoperative care or even long term care. Malpractice can also occur when a medical professional fails to recognize important symptoms, or suggest an appropriate course of treatment. This is why one should consult a serious injury lawyer specifically one that specializes in medical malpractice; one who must show that the medical professional failed to provide adequate care to prevent a catastrophic injury.
In the state of Hawaii, nearly one tourist a week dies, according to a special report by the Honolulu Civil Beat, typically while engaged in recreational activities while on vacation. Many suffer serious injuries including spinal cord damage while surfing the huge waves, on the exotic island, or even deep sea snorkeling and hiking the heavily wooded trails. Proper care during the initial phases of care is very crucial to a person’s survival rate. A medical professional must make critical decisions despite the fact they are working on people they may never have met in life.
It is important while on vacation to familiarize oneself with the dos and don’ts while engaging in any kind of recreational activity in Hawaii that may lead to a potential injury. While prevention is better than cure, is it important to ask the necessary questions while being examined by a medical professional. Patients are encouraged to ask questions such as, the medical professional’s name and title, the name of the hospital, the name of the nurse caring for them, what procedures are being done, what medications are being administered, along with any potential side effects, and what prognosis they have such as expected recovery time, etc.
When malpractice results in a catastrophic injury it is important to not only know your rights as a patient but also know that you have the right to seek legal advice, and get the adequate monetary compensation due to help you during your time of recovery. No person should have to suffer at the hands of another individual and still have to worry about how they are going to pay their bills and take care of their family. Every patient deserves to know what to expect during and after any medical procedure. If you feel that you were not given the adequate care that you deserve and may have succumbed to an injury at the hand of a medical professional, it’s time to seek the advice of a medical malpractice attorney.
In the case of an actual casualty involving medical malpractice resulting in a catastrophic injury, please do not hesitate to consult a Hawaii Medical Malpractice Attorney.