When you put your faith in medical professionals, you are putting your body on the line. Contact a medical malpractice lawyer at Sokoloff and Weinstein, P.A. if you have endured physical, psychological, or financial harm because of negligent treatment from your medical provider – be that a hospital or clinic, doctor, nurse or nursing assistant, lab personnel, dentist, pharmacist, or other allied health professional.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
The duty of care expected of medical professionals in your community includes proficiency, prudence, and suitable care when examining, diagnosing, treating, and counselling you. Should they breach that duty through their actions or omission, and it causes you harm instead of help, you are entitled to claim medical negligence compensation.
Medical malpractice must be more than a disappointing outcome for a treatment or procedure or an unfortunate outcome of a good procedure. A potential medical negligence claim occurs when both:
A medical practitioner is negligent by providing care that does not meet the accepted standard of practice for their profession in your community, for example:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition
- Lack of appropriate treatment, referral, or intervention
- A delay in either of the above
- Failure to respond to complications during labor and the birth process
- Exacerbation of an existing condition
- Incorrect test results reporting or x-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans interpretation
- Failure to perform surgery or provide post-op care with judicious skill and care
- Unnecessary surgery
- Prescription errors
- Lack of informed consent, and
You can prove that your injury was caused by this negligence, and because of your injury you suffered specific damages or harm such as:
- Immediate and future medical bills related to your injuries
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disfigurement and loss of quality of life
- Wrongful death.
What To Expect From a Medical Negligence Lawyer
To determine if a medical provider breached the standard of care, a medical malpractice attorney will:
- Conduct an exhaustive investigation of your case
- Collect evidence that establishes causation and the degree of your damages
- Consult with medical experts to define the standard of care and how your practitioner transgressed
- Fight for a fair settlement on your behalf
- Take your case to court if an adequate settlement offer cannot be reached.
Don’t be bullied by a “known risk of a procedure” or a signed consent waiver that may or may not apply under the circumstances. Check with your medical negligence lawyer instead.