We go to doctors and medical professionals for accurate diagnoses, quality care, and, hopefully, to feel better. However, it doesn’t always work out that way. In some cases, those professionals – physicians, nurses, assistants, orderlies – can cause further injury. Fortunately for patients, the legal system has developed procedures and rules to help determine who should be liable for injuries sustained while receiving medical care, known generally as “medical malpractice.” Medical malpractice liability can occur due to a flawed diagnosis, improper treatment, or even treating a patient without proper permission.
There are two main components to most medical malpractice cases: figuring out who was at fault, and then proving that fault legally. Medical malpractice liability is not limited to just doctors: it can also apply to nurses and others who provide health care services. Even hospitals and pharmaceutical companies can be found liable for malpractice.
The other main thrust of a medical malpractice suit is proving fault. Most medical malpractice cases contend that a medical professional was negligent in treating a patient. To legally establish medical negligence, an injured patient must prove:
Our firm is proud to represent patients and their families when they’ve suffered serious injuries or death as a result of the actions of medical staff. Such actions are known legally as medical malpractice, or MedMal. MedMal occurs when a member of the medical staff fails to provide adequate and acceptable standards of care, or when they make a preventable medical error. The medical staff that can be held liable does not end with the physicians; it also includes the nurses and technicians.
Examples of medical errors include unreasonable diagnostic errors, surgical and anesthetic errors, and erroneous medication administration.