One of the most unfortunate circumstances an individual can find themselves in is when they go to the hospital for a routine procedure and end up worse off than when they started. Patients trust that their doctors are highly-trained and will always do their job properly, especially when it comes to performing surgery. Unfortunately, as highly regarded as doctors and other medical professionals are, mistakes happen. These mistakes can cause serious harm and further medical problems to patients, requiring additional surgery and rehabilitation.
When a medical professional makes a surgical error, fails to diagnose a patient until it’s too late, or makes another mistake that harms the patient, it may be considered medical malpractice. The general legal threshold to constitute medical malpractice is that no other competent person would have made that mistake and that the medical professional failed to meet the medical standard of care. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney who can help you put together a case.
Please note that according to Delaware’s statute of limitations, you must file a medical malpractice claim within two years from the date in which you were injured. However, if you were reasonably unaware of the injury, you may be able to file within three years of the date in which the injury occurred. If the injured patient was below the age of six, they may have more time. They may be able to bring a claim until they turn age 6 or within two years, whichever time period is longer.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.
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