Among the most common medical malpractice cases are those that are brought because someone received the wrong treatment for their condition. The treatment may have caused pain and suffering, caused them to lose wages or simply allowed the condition they had to get worse while they were undergoing a treatment for a condition that they didn't actually have. These sorts of cases happen a lot and they sometimes end up in large jury awards for plaintiffs.
Why the Awards
If you had a cold and took an aspirin instead of an antihistamine, the loss to your recovery time would be negligible, at best. If you had diabetes and were treated for a condition that the doctor mistakenly thought you had instead of the diabetes, the consequences might be far worse. The problem is that what really ails you, in these cases, doesn't get treated and, in the case of some diseases and disorders, the consequences of that missed treatment can be very severe. This is one reason that people sometimes sue for getting the wrong treatment.
Pain and Suffering, Damage
In some cases, the wrong treatment that's ordered may actually be dangerous to the patient. Sometimes, it may only cause pain and suffering and no permanent damage, but pain and suffering are legitimate reasons to sue and sometimes they're considerable. Even if the condition that wasn't properly treated didn't get any worse because of that, it's still worth it to talk to a lawyer about suing for damages if you were made to suffer unnecessarily.
The consequences of getting the wrong medications can be disastrous. Allergic reactions and other adverse outcomes can be very serious, sometimes even deadly. If someone prescribed the wrong medication to you to treat a condition or prescribed something that they should have known you'd react to, contacting an attorney is advisable.
To find out whether you may have a viable medical malpractice claim, you may want to contact an attorney. During the initial consultation, ask about contingency agreements. This is an agreement where the lawyer doesn't get paid unless they win your claim and, for those who have high medical bills already due to physician negligence, this can be a very significant part of making a lawsuit possible for them.