Medical malpractice is responsible for roughly 250,000 deaths each year. Understanding the standard for patient care could be the difference between life and death. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor does not meet the predetermined standard of care while treating a patient resulting in harm, injury, or death. Know your rights as a patient and demand the care you deserve. If you have already experienced medical malpractice, demand the justice you deserve.
To prove that medical negligence has occurred, there first must be proof of an established doctor-patient relationship. Medical malpractice can be committed by any medical professional, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, and pharmacists. The relationship is established as soon as the patient agrees to hire the doctor and the doctor agrees to treat the patient.
Standard of Care
There is an expectation of care established by the law that defines the minimum amount of care that a medical professional must provide for their patients. If the standard of care is not met, it could be considered negligence. Examples of medical negligence can include failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, failure to order proper testing, lost or misread test results, improper medication or dosage, surgical errors, failure to recognize and follow up on common symptoms, premature discharge, failure to obtain proper patient information, and more.
There must be proof that medical negligence resulted in an injury and subsequently, damages. A medical expert is helpful during this part of the process as it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether the injury occurred before or after the doctor began treating the patient.
Damages are the aspects of the case for which you deserve compensation. Damages can include physical pain, mental anguish, loss of income, or significant medical expenses.
Acknowledging that you have been a victim of medical malpractice and pursuing legal action can be daunting. Hire an experienced attorney from Rob Levine & Associates to guide you through the process and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.