The nurse gave me a steroid injection to treat my allergies. Since then, my arm has been numb and weak. I went to see another doctor and he said that she might have hit a nerve connected to the tendons. He also said that the medicine the other doctor prescribed was old. Can I sue?

We hold medical professionals to a high standard, as we should. When a doctor or a nurse makes a mistake, it is frustrating and scary. In those situations, it is a good idea to see another doctor to asses your injuries. Sometimes, the second doctor will make comments about your previous provider, and tell you they would have done things differently. When this happens, it is easy to assume that your old doctor committed malpractice.

Though medical mistakes are always tragic, they are not always malpractice. In a Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit, you have to show that the medical professional provided care that fell below the acceptable standard of care. Even if one doctor would have used a different treatment plan, it does not always mean the old treatment plan was wrong or negligent.

Your injuries also have to be serious enough to warrant a lawsuit. Minor injuries, like a temporary arm weakness, are not large enough to require a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice cases are very expensive to pursue, and you are likely to lose money pursing a case about minor injuries.

However, seemingly minor injuries could develop major complications over time. Keep in mind that you generally have two years to pursue a medical malpractice claim and recover compensation. If you have lost trust in your doctor, seek out a different doctor and follow their treatment plan. If your arm weakness persists, it may be a good idea to consult with a medical malpractice attorney.