Los Lunas Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Diagnostic and Treatment Errors

A Med Mal Attorney in Los Lunas Helping Victims Recover Compensation

When you are sick or injured, it's critical that the healthcare professionals correctly identify your illness or injury and provide you with appropriate treatment. When they fail to do so, it can result in a health condition going needlessly untreated, potentially resulting in completely avoidable injuries. Fortunately for victims, people who are the victim of diagnostic and treatment errors are often entitled to compensation under New Mexico law.

If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, it's important that you speak to a Los Lunas medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you can. To schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney, call The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC, today at 505-865-9696

Diagnostic Errors

Medical professionals are trained to identify certain diseases and injuries based on a given set of symptoms. In addition, they are also trained to order additional diagnostic tests in certain situations to conclusively identify certain medical conditions. These tests can include MRIs, X-Rays, blood tests, and other tests that can provide healthcare professionals with the insights they need to provide you with appropriate care. When medical professionals misdiagnose medical conditions or fail to order additional tests, injured victims can often recover compensation.

Treatment Errors

Sometimes, doctors and other medical professionals make treatment errors in spite of correctly diagnosing a patient's condition. These errors can include:

  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Prescribing the wrong dosage of medication
  • Performing the incorrect procedure
  • Wrong site surgery
  • Leaving surgical instruments inside of a patient's body
  • Failing to check for drug contraindications
  • Prescribing an inappropriate treatment plan based on a patient's individual characteristics

Not All Medical Errors are Malpractice

As a patient that may have experienced a negative medical outcome, it's important to understand that not every misdiagnosis or treatment error qualifies as medical malpractice. Doctors and other healthcare professionals make mistakes just like everyone else, and the law recognizes that reasonable healthcare professionals may draw varying conclusions from the same set of facts.

In order for a medical error to rise to the level of malpractice, a healthcare professional must have deviated from the standard of care, which in New Mexico is the level of care that would be provided by similarly experienced healthcare professional in the same field. Determining whether a healthcare professional failed to meet the required standard of care can be a complicated question, so anyone who suffered injury during the course of medical treatment should speak to an attorney immediately.

Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Los Lunas Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you have suffered an adverse medical outcome after a diagnostic or treatment error, you should speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. Attorney David C. Chavez and his legal team have been helping injured victims obtain compensation for more than 30 years and have recovered millions of dollars of our clients. To schedule a free case evaluation with a lawyer, call our office today at 505-865-9696 or contact us online.

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