Medical malpractice happens when a health care provider fails to provide a level of care that meets the accepted standards of practice for their profession. It results in either injury or death of the patient. A “health care provider” can be a doctor, nurse, psychiatrist, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, or any other hospital or medical professional involved in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient.
Medical malpractice cases present a unique set of challenges that require a thorough understanding of both medical and legal issues. Claims can arise out of:
- Missed or delayed diagnosis;
- Lack of informed consent;
- Anesthesia errors;
- Surgical errors;
- Obstetric, labor, or delivery errors;
- Improperly described or dispensed medication;
- Patient neglect.
Doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other medical professionals have a responsibility to provide patients with competent and appropriate medical care. Legally, this is a standard of care that is “ordinary or normal.” It is every person’s right to assume that the care provided by them meets this standard. If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important to remember that they deal with highly complex issues, they often require experts to prove, and they can be costly to win. It is for this reason that it is important to consult with our law firm to help you determine whether your claim is worth pursuing. We always recommend an in-person consultation so we can discuss your unique set of circumstances at length here at the office.