Healthcare professionals have an obligation to take care of their patients with the proper standard of care. The standard of care that is required of them is based upon the practice of their peers and their institution. Patients put great trust in their physicians to treat them to the best of their ability so that they receive good healthcare. If a healthcare professional does not live up to this standard of care and acts negligently in caring for a patient, they can put the health of a patient at risk. This is known as medical malpractice. It is important to contact an experienced attorney if you have experienced medical malpractice.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined as a form of negligence by a healthcare professional or doctor. When professionals in the medical field do not meet the expected standard of care, they may endanger the health of patients and cause them to suffer. There are many different forms of medical malpractice. This may include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical or emergency room mistakes
- Prescription or anesthesia errors
- Labor and birth injuries
- Inadequate consent
- Hospital-acquired or post-surgical infections
- Improper care
Patients who suffered due to medical malpractice are required to prove negligence if they wish to hold a healthcare professional accountable. In order to do so, a patient must link their suffering to the actions of the accused physician. If a patient believes they experienced malpractice, they need to first report the case. When this happens, an investigation into the circumstances and the professional may begin. When a healthcare professional is investigated for malpractice, their entire practice is called into question. The way they interact with patients and conduct medicine is looked into and examined carefully. Medical malpractice can severely damage a professional’s reputation, career, and livelihood. It is possible for the physician to lose their license depending on the case.
If a patient is successful in proving a medical professional’s negligence, they may be entitled to receive compensation. This compensation can be money for any economic damages as a result of the malpractice. This may include lost wages, future lost wages, and medical bills. Not only does the act of malpractice injure a patient physically, but it can also affect their emotional health. Further compensation may be awarded to an individual in the event of emotional turmoil, such as pain and suffering.
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If you wish to seek more information about medical malpractice, contact the Law Offices of Mark L. Bodner, P.C. today.
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.