When you go to your doctor for a physical or because you are experiencing a medical problem, you rely on them to protect your health. You do not expect to later discover that they failed to properly care for you and that your medical condition is getting worse, not better.
Unfortunately, physicians make mistakes and sometimes fail to pay attention to their patient’s complaints of symptoms. If you believe that your doctor did not provide you with the proper medical care you were expecting, they may have committed medical malpractice and may be responsible for compensating you for your injuries under New Mexico law.
Leading Ways That Physicians Commit Medical Malpractice
Doctors cannot always cure a serious disease or other medical condition even if they are providing quality medical care to a patient. The fact that someone’s condition deteriorates or is fatal does not necessarily mean that the physician committed medical malpractice. It must be shown that they lacked or failed to exercise the proper degree of skill or knowledge of other physicians in their medical field and that this caused the individual’s injuries. Common ways that medical malpractice is committed includes:
- Failing to diagnose. If a doctor failed to diagnose a medical condition or incorrectly diagnosed it, they may have committed malpractice. Misinterpreting test results, not performing regular screenings, and not conducting proper physical examinations are a few of the ways that they can fail to identify a medical problem.
- Not providing proper treatment. Doctors can commit medical malpractice if they fail to administer appropriate medical treatment. Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage, administering anesthesia improperly, or performing surgery on the wrong body part are some ways that physicians are negligent and cause their patients harm.
- Not warning of risks. Another way that a medical care provider can commit malpractice is by failing to warn a patient of the risks of a procedure or treatment and obtaining their consent before they undergo medical care.
Medical Malpractice Cases Are Complex
Medical malpractice cases are very challenging to prove. You must follow special laws when pursuing your right to compensation, such as applying to the New Mexico Medical Review Commission before filing your lawsuit. In addition, a medical malpractice case can be harder to settle out of court because of the high value of the claim and the physician’s concerns about their medical license and medical malpractice insurance costs.
Do you believe that you were the victim of medical malpractice? Our experienced personal injury attorneys will collect the evidence you need to win your case and will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. Start a live chat to schedule a free consultation to learn about your options.