What is medical malpractice?

What is medical malpractice?

Patients seek the help of doctors during times of illness because they trust these professionals. They turn to medical professionals to learn how they can feel better physically. The advice they get from doctors can help them recover from their physical illness. Unfortunately, this can lead to negligence experienced from a doctor as well. Medical malpractice can be defined as a form of negligence exhibited by a healthcare professional when they are supposed to be taking care of their patients. When healthcare professionals fail to meet their expected standard of care, there can be negative impacts felt by their patients after their lack of care. The standard of care that is expected from medical professionals can be based on the standard that is practiced by their peers and the institutions that they are associated with.

Medical malpractice can include a range of negligence by a professional. There are many different forms of medical malpractice that medical professionals can prove to be negligent for. These may include: failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, surgical mistakes, emergency room mistakes, prescription errors and overdoses, labor and birth injuries, anesthesia errors, inadequate consent, hospital-acquired or post-surgical infections and improper care and follow-up.

Is an investigation done?

When patients believe that they have experienced a case of medical malpractice, they should report it so that an investigation can be done to declare a final decision on the matter. An investigation can show if the medical professional is proven to be negligent or if they just made a mistake. If patients have a valid case involving medical malpractice, they may seek compensation for this offense that can aid them at this time. This compensation can come in the form of damages. These damages can include economic damages that can cover the cost of medical bills that have piled up, lost wages and lost future wages. This can help you recover from your injuries and be able to maintain a source of income while you are unable to work during recovery from your injuries. You may also be able to recover non-economic damages that can provide compensation for your pain and suffering. This can account for emotional trauma from the incident.

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.

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