Navigating The Murky Emotional Waters Of A Medical Malpractice Claim
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Nov 15, 2011 in Advice
Usually, when someone is hurt by medical malpractice, there are layers of issues to be dealt with from a purely logistical standpoint—long paper trails, phone calls to make, visits with other physicians for a second opinion—that it can seem incredibly difficult to just put one foot in front of the other and get your case moving, so that you can begin to move on with your life, and to get the treatment you need.
This mentally (and often physically) draining situation can be exacerbated by the fact that, often, your physician is someone with whom you've had a relationship for a long period of time, and it can be difficult for you from an emotional standpoint to pursue a medical malpractice claim against them. This can be true for a general practitioner who has provided medical care for your family for years, or a surgeon with whom you've had several pre-op consultations.
Part of you could feel betrayed by their failure to properly do their job, while part of you might also want to let it slide, because they're a person whom you've come to like. Neither of these feelings, while completely natural, is particularly constructive.
First of all, it's important to realize that everyone makes mistakes, even people whom you've trusted with something as important as your physical health. If you've been injured by medical malpractice, it doesn't matter who it was that made the slip-up, or how much you care for them, or even how angry you may be with them. You need reparations for the damage that has been caused, so that you can continue further treatment, and you should not (and often cannot) bear the brunt of someone else's mistakes.
It's that simple.
Unfortunately, it never feels that simple. In addition to your physical suffering, a medical malpractice case can be a very emotionally painful experience. That's why you need an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice to help you. In addition to having extensive knowledge of the law and legal processes, your attorney also brings an incredibly important objectivity to your case. The only relationship he is concerned with is his relationship with you, and in this case, that's a considerable asset to have on your side.