What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a broad term generally used to describe any treatment, lack of treatment, or other departure from accepted standards of care on the part of a health care provider that causes harm to a patient. When a health care provider (such as a doctor, a nurse, or technician, or other medical professiona) acts negligently in rendering care to a patient, causes harm or injury to the patient, then medical malpractice has occurred.
Examples of medical malpractice can take many forms, too numerous to list. Examples, however, can include:
- ● misdiagnosis
- ● improper treatment
- ● failure to treat
- ● delay in treatment
- ● failure to perform appropriate follow-up
- ● prescription errors, etc.
Why Pursue a Medical Malpractice Claim?
The effects of medical negligence can be severe and life-altering. In many instances, medical malpractice is not obvious to a lay-person and requires the review and analysis by medical experts, pursuing a medical malpractice claim assist you with this determination. A medical malpractice claim may be able to help you recover payments to help reimburse you for harms you have suffered, including:
- ● past and future medical expenses
- ● lost wages and/or future earnings
- ● pain and suffering
Many people also pursue medical malpractice claims in an effort to help make sure the negligence is not repeated. By raising awareness and forcing the negligent healthcare provider to correct the problem, you may be able to help ensure that the same event does not happen to someone else.