Medical Malpractice-Related Depression February 25, 2017.

Part of resolving the injury-, disability-, or disfigurement-related depression is correcting the issue. This may entail getting a second or third opinion from another doctor and following through with recommended treatment. Since medical malpractice attorneys rely on doctors and other healthcare professionals to testify in trials, they have a wealth of resources at their fingertips and may be able to connect you with the right treatment. This could include counseling or psychotherapy, since talking about your depression may help you relieve stress and discover ways to work through the feelings that may be holding you back from enjoying your life.

Types of Therapy

The goal of depression therapy is to help you alleviate the symptoms of the condition so you can live your life as fully as possible. Therapy may be administered by a doctor, counselor, psychiatrist or therapist and its effects may be felt immediately or it could take 8 to 10 weeks for changes to be realized.

The most common psychotherapies used to treat depression are:

  • behavioral therapy – targets current behaviors;
  • cognitive therapy – examines thoughts and thinking patterns; and
  • interpersonal therapy – focuses on current relationships.

Depression caused by surgery malpractice is treatable. Experienced trial attorneys may be able to help you get the resources you deserve to get your life back in order.

Depression and Medical Malpractice

Surgery malpractice, medical errors or a doctor’s negligence can change your life forever. It is not surprising to know that many people who have been a victim of medical malpractice often experience depression due to high levels of stress.Injury-related depression may be brought on by the following:

  • physical pain;
  • chronic illness;
  • a change in your abilities to function;
  • a shift in your relationships;
  • financial problems;
  • changes in your life pattern;
  • prescribed medications; or
  • a feeling of guilt for choosing to proceed with the treatment or doctor.

The good news is a depressive episode brought on by an incident of medical negligence, like surgery malpractice, is treatable. Psychotherapy and medication regimes have proven to be helpful in getting individuals engaged in their lives once again.

Besides recommendations for expert medical professionals, who can assist in treating your depression and any other health issue associated with the surgery malpractice or medical negligence, a qualified lawyer can fight for your deserved compensation.

Treatment for depression, corrective surgery and rehabilitation all take time and money. No one plans on having to deal with these issues and you should not have to suffer through them, particularly if the cause was negligence. Dealing with the repercussions of surgery malpractice or other medical mistake may require the assistance of experience legal counsel.

Medical malpractice law is complex. A lawyer who’s knowledgeable in injury-related depression may be one of the best resources in your recovery. Chris Mellino invites you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.