We place a great deal of trust in doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. When we see a healthcare provider for examination or treatment, we expect them to provide the same high level of care as others in the medical community would provide. Unfortunately, the level of care and treatment provided is sometimes substandard.
In determining whether negligence or medical malpractice has occurred, it’s important to first understand the level of care required. In general, healthcare providers are all held to the standard of care in their treatment of patients based upon how other members of their profession would normally act under similar circumstances. If healthcare providers fail to meet this standard of care, they may be found to have been negligent, and, in such case, the healthcare provider will be liable for malpractice.
Medical malpractice covers more than just the care provided by doctors. It additionally includes all professionals who provide medical care and treatment, such as physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, hospital staff, nursing home staff, and even pharmacists.
Medical malpractice comes in many forms. It may result from the negligence of doctors who fail to diagnose a disease such as a heart condition or cancer, which can have deadly results. Or it may result from surgical errors, such as improperly clamping an artery or leaving a surgical sponge in a patient’s body.
We represent patients injured by all types of medical negligence, including:
Medical malpractice claims are often complex. Malpractice claims almost always require the testimony of experts to establish the standard of care in the medical community and to show that the doctor or healthcare provider breached that standard.
Physicians and other healthcare providers, and the companies who insure physicians and healthcare providers, almost always vigorously contest assertions against them for malpractice. Malpractice claims not only directly call into question their professional ability, but losing a case can mean future high premiums and have other employment consequences. As a result, defendants will usually hire their own experts and take all actions possible in defending the claims against them.
We take on tough medical malpractice cases where we believe we can make a difference. To find out more about our medical malpractice liability practice, please contact us today.