What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical Malpractice is a breach of duty on the part of a medical professional such as medical doctor, dentist, nurses etc. that causes injury or in worst case scenario death by negligence in medical care. The duty of a medical professional is to give the best care that is possible to treat the diagnosis of the patient without causing unnecessary emotional or physical pain resulting from negligence. Medical Malpractice in its general terms is when a medical professional neglects patient care or does not use the proper resources to diagnose or treat the patient. Medical malpractice can take many forms. Some examples are failure to diagnose a life-threatening disease, errors made in medication, surgical errors, miscalculations of medicine or anesthesia, and failure to recommend or schedule follow up appointments after procedure or diagnosis.
Consequences of Medical Malpractice
Malpractice is a tort, which means that victims are entitled to receive compensation for their injuries that occurred under the care and supervision of their medical provider. In malpractice cases, professionals may be suspended from practicing or may even have their license revoked depending on the severity of the case and the policy of the employers or the board that holds them responsible. In most cases compensation and further medical treatment to repair damages done are given to the victim. Being financially compensated because of medical mistakes may not replace what the victim has lost in its entirety but can help to comfort them in repairing the emotional damage caused along with medical expenses. Families must deal with expenses of further treatment, medication, surgeries and consultations. Being entitled to the compensation will help family members to treat emotional pain, physical pain or even funeral costs because of the death caused by malpractice.
What to do if you may be a victim of Malpractice?
If you believe that you may be a victim of Medical Malpractice it is recommended that you contact our lawyers and attorneys that specifically work on Malpractice cases while also doing these common steps.
- Ask for medical records from the hospital that you suspect has caused your injury.This gives detail of what actions of treatment and procedures were to be used in treating the patient’s diagnosis and what could have gone wrong. The records and charts would include all procedures done within the care of the professional.
- Seek a second opinion from a doctor on the injuries. This will help to make sure that the procedures or treatment that was done was not of high standard. It is recommended that he or she does not notify the doctor of any potential lawsuit against another medical professional and inform them that it is merely a second opinion.
- Keep a Journal. Keeping a journal and other forms of documentation will help recall the incidents that occurred and the timeline of events from the first sign of pain to the consultation with a lawyer.
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