If you’ve suffered injury as the result of a doctor’s or other healthcare professional’s negligence, you are not just left with additional pain and suffering and potentially long-term health problems. You entrusted a medical professional to make the right decisions and perform the right procedures for your health and they didn’t. After such an experience, it is natural to feel betrayed.
Most medical professionals perform their duties with the utmost care and respect for their patients and the accepted standards of care. Such healthcare professionals don’t just take the Hippocratic Oath, but live by it. Unfortunately, not all healthcare professionals conduct themselves with this level of regard for patient health and safety. For various reasons that may include lack of attention, fatigue, distraction, inadequate training, or even just apathy, physicians, nurses, surgeons, technicians, and other healthcare professionals make mistakes that cause patients further illness or injury and even endanger their lives. Such mistakes may be considered medical malpractice and warrant legal action.
What is Considered Medical Malpractice?
In general, a healthcare professional may have committed malpractice if he or she made a preventable error that violates accepted standards of medical care. If you believe you or a loved one has suffered as the result of an incident of malpractice, you may be entitled to holding the at-fault healthcare professional and/or the hospital or medical facility they work for accountable in civil court. An experienced injury attorney can help you determine whether your particular situation warrants legal action, but these are some common examples of medical malpractice or negligence a medical professional may be held responsible for:
- Medication error
- Dosage error
- Retainer of surgical instruments, sponges, or other foreign objects
- Surgical error
- Failure to inform of diagnosis
- Continuing proven ineffective treatment
- Failing to get patient medical history
- Performing procedures without proper training/certification
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to order standard tests
- Failure to properly read test results
While these may be common examples, each specific situation is different and must be evaluated to determine whether negligence or malpractice was actually committed.
Finding Out if You Have a Malpractice Case
The big question on your mind is probably whether you can file a medical malpractice suit against the healthcare professional you believe caused you illness or injury. The way to find out is by contacting an experienced attorney in your state and giving them the details of your situation.
At the Kiley Law Group, our medical malpractice attorneys can listen to your experience, help you understand your legal rights and provide you with the best options for your particular situation. To discuss your potential case with one of our lawyers, contact us for a free consultation.