What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice
Discovering that you or a loved one may have been a victim of medical malpractice can be overwhelming. Because of the stakes involved and the large number of medical bills likely piling up, it is essential to know what steps you can take to protect your rights and win the compensation you deserve. Today, we will discuss more about what medical malpractice is, how you can prove it, and the best steps to take if you suspect your medical professional failed in their duties.
Basics of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when healthcare providers fail to meet the accepted standard of care, resulting in harm or injury to a patient. It is essential to have a clear understanding of the basics of medical malpractice to determine the validity of your claim.
Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis: A doctor failing to recognize a health problem and misdiagnosing it can lead to delayed treatment or incorrect treatment that allows the health concern to worsen.
- Medication Errors: These errors can include prescribing the wrong medication or dosage, administering medication incorrectly, or failing to monitor the patient for adverse reactions or interactions. Healthcare providers, manufacturers, or pharmacists are all part of a chain of people that might make a mistake before you take medication.
- Surgical Mistakes and Errors: Surgical errors include operating on the wrong part of the body, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient or failing to sanitize them, or performing surgery with insufficient skill, finesse, or care.
Ultimately, anytime you trust your health to another person, they might make a costly error that jeopardizes your health. If they should have known better or acted recklessly and caused you harm, you might have a claim for medical malpractice.
How To Prove Medical Malpractice
It takes more than just an injury or misdiagnosis to prove a medical malpractice claim. You must prove that:
- There was an established duty of care between you and a healthcare professional. Visiting a clinic for a check-up or being admitted into a hospital generally establishes duty of care, where medical and hospital staff members must provide care that meets certain high standards.
- This duty of care was breached. To have a claim, you must be able to provide evidence or expert testimony to show that the medical professional involved acted negligently, given the situation and how other professionals of equal status would have performed.
- You were injured as a result of the mistake and breach of care. A misdiagnosis can be scary, but if your doctor can update their diagnosis and prevent any long-term health issues from worsening, you are unlikely to have a valid claim.
Some medical conditions are rare, and unfortunately, not all doctor recommendations are perfect. However, a mistake does not rise to the level of malpractice if the healthcare professional gives medical advice and assistance in good faith to the best of their ability.
Do I Need An Attorney For My Medical Malpractice Case?
If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice, speaking with an attorney is vital. Medical malpractice cases are complex and require a deep understanding of both the legal and medical systems.
An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you navigate the legal process, negotiate with the other party, consult medical experts and gather the necessary medical evidence, and advocate for your rights. Furthermore, medical malpractice attorneys know the value of your case because of their extensive experience, letting insurance companies for large hospitals know that you mean business.
At Hale Law, we never get paid unless we win your case. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn if your case qualifies as medical malpractice.