One of the most devastating things a person can experience is placing their trust and health into the hands of a physician, doctor, or nurse, and realizing that they let you down. Typically, when they do let you down, the results can be catastrophic in the form of an injury or an illness. Negligent mistakes should not be tolerated in the medical field and if you believe that you have been injured or made ill because a medical professional was negligent while you were staying in a hospital, you should not simply accept these results. Instead, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to get help with your medical malpractice claim.
How do I know if something is medical malpractice?
This is one of the first things a lawyer will determine when you set up your appointment with him or her. What is the difference between a mistake and medical malpractice? The answer to this lies in negligence and the duty of care. When a medical provider was negligent in their treatment and did not provide you the services they were supposed to, this can be medical malpractice. There are multiple types of medical providers who could be sued in a malpractice case, including:
- Hospital staff
When someone who is providing a medical service to you does not act in a way that is acceptable regarding the reasonable standard of care and damages come as a result, you likely have a claim for medical malpractice.
What are some common types of medical malpractice?
You may be wondering if there are common types of medical malpractice and the answer is “yes.” Some of these are:
- Brain injuries
- Failing to diagnose a disease
- Errors in delivering anesthesia
- Birth injuries
- Errors during surgery
- Errors in administering medication
What is the criteria for a medical malpractice case?
To help you understand if you have a medical malpractice case on your hands, there is certain criteria to look for in your situation. First, you will need to prove that you had a doctor-patient relationship established when receiving treatment. Your attorney will also need to prove that there is a certain standard of care expected by that doctor or medical provider. Next, they will need to show that the professional breached that duty and that it directly caused you to become injured in some way. Finally, your attorney must show that there are damages as a result of that injury. Damages can come in the form of pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.