When a patient suffers serious injury due to negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, surgeon, anesthesiologist or other medical professional, he or she may have the right to bring a claim against that party in order to seek financial compensation for physical and emotional injuries. Depending upon the claim and the circumstances that led to the patient’s injuries, the patient may be able to recover monetary damages for medical care, lost wages, pain and anguish, and possibly more. The patient will also have the opportunity to bring the responsible doctor or facility to justice for their actions.
Following are some examples of medical malpractice cases:
- Medication Errors
- Surgical Malpractice
- Emergency Room Errors
- Dental Malpractice
- Anesthesia Malpractice
- Plastic Surgery Malpractice
- Birth Injuries
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Delayed C-Section
- Brain Injuries
Medical malpractice is a complex and highly technical field. Because negligence is defined as a failure to provide a proper or standard level of care, your medical malpractice lawyer will need to establish the following:
- That the medical professional/facility had an obligation to you as a patient (for example, you were actually a patient and had sought treatment from that facility or professional.
- That the medical professional acted in a manner that was not as per the accepted standards for the time.
- That the medical professional’s action or inaction caused your injuries.
This means your attorney will need to be able to compare the standard level of care to the actual care you were given. In working with medical experts and applying legal knowledge of the field, however, an attorney may be successful in even the most highly complex malpractice cases.
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