What is medical malpractice?
Medicine is not an exact science, and not every negative medical outcome is the result of malpractice. In order to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you need to demonstrate that the medical professional who treated you failed to meet accepted standards of care during treatment. Some common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Medication errors - Administering the wrong medication or the wrong dose; misreading a prescription; failing to take into account interactions between medications.
- Diagnostic errors - Failing to order the correct diagnostic tests; misinterpreting test results; delayed diagnosis; failing to act on test results.
- Surgical errors - Operating on the wrong body part or the wrong patient; failing to follow sterilization protocols in the operating room; leaving surgical tools inside the patient's body.
- Communication errors - Failing to provide detailed discharge instructions to the patient's primary care provider (PCP); failing to make an appropriate referral to a specialist; failing to advise a patient of risks and side effects and obtain informed consent.
These medical errors can have serious consequences for patients. Patients who receive the wrong treatment may have to endure side effects for the incorrect treatment in addition to having an untreated medical condition. In certain cases, such as failure to diagnose cancer or other serious illnesses, medical malpractice can be fatal.
We know how to hold physicians accountable
Protecting your rights as a victim of medical negligence isn't easy. Doctors and medical facilities often deny negligence and fiercely dispute your claims. Their goal - and their insurance company's goal - is often to simply protect their bottom line, and that means minimizing or eliminating your recovery.
We know how to fight back. Our attorneys can pore over your medical records, take depositions and retain expert witnesses to prove that medical malpractice was the cause of your injury or illness. We'll listen to your story and find out exactly how much you've lost due to your injury, and we'll fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve for those losses.
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