Medical Malpractice Lawyers
When we get sick and visit the hospital or a physician, we trust our lives to the hands of our medical professionals to provide us with the highest level of care and treatment possible. When seeking medical treatment, we also expect our medical professionals to follow strict standards and protocols.
Sometimes, health care professionals make mistakes, and this can lead to devastating consequences. Even small mistakes, not to mention lapses in skill and judgment, can have detrimental impacts on the health and well-being of patients seeking treatment.
When a hospital, doctor, nurse, or any other health care professional makes a mistake or does not follow acceptable standards or protocols, the stakes are much higher, and the resulting injuries can be fatal.
What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to provide appropriate medical treatment, fails to take suitable life-saving action, administers treatment that may cause harm to the patient, or fails to make a proper or timely diagnosis. The malpractice committed by the doctor or medical facility usually involves some sort of error. Physicians, health care professionals, and hospitals are expected to provide specific standards of care for every patient they see and, if they fail to do so, they may encounter a medical malpractice lawsuit.
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Types of Medical Malpractice
- Misdiagnosis – This is the leading type of medical error. Patients do not always have the textbook definition of a specific disease and sometimes misdiagnosis happens. Misdiagnosis most frequently occurs while analyzing infections, blood clots in the lung, tumors, heart attack, heart disease, and cancer.
- Negligence during pregnancy and/or childbirth – Pregnancy is a very complex progression. Many things could go wrong during a pregnancy, even today with modern medicine. Medical problems such as unexplained vaginal bleeding, hemorrhage of the mother during pregnancy or labor, or surgical negligence during a Caesarian section are all examples of how malpractice can occur.
- Mistakes in prescribing or administering medication – Unfortunately, this type of medical error is very common. From prescribing the wrong medication to an incorrect dosage, medication can be difficult, and doctors and nurses may make mistakes.
- Surgical errors – Errors during surgery may happen more often than you think. Anesthesia-related negligence involves giving too much, too little, or the wrong type of anesthesia. While errors in surgery may include damaging a nerve, leaving a foreign object inside the patient or failing to control bleeding.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Requirements:
To qualify for a medical malpractice case, you must be able to prove the following:
A doctor-patient relationship existed
Simple enough, you must prove you hired the physician and he or she agreed to treat you as a patient.
The doctor was negligent
You must be able to prove the doctor departed or deviated from the appropriate standards of care.
The negligence of the doctor was the cause of injury
Even if the negligence is proven, you need to be able to show the negative effects from the injury are causally related to the doctor’s negligence.
The injury led to specific damages
You must show you or a loved one has suffered harm from an injury, including, economic damages (medical expenses, loss of wages or earning potential) or non-economic damages (pain and suffering).
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or even death because of medical malpractice, you need The People’s Lawyer. Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman are a team of experienced Utica medical malpractice lawyers who have the knowledge and passion to fight for you and your rights. If you have been harmed by negligence, you may deserve reparations. Contact our office today for a free medical negligence consultation.
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