If you are harmed because a medical professional or medical facility (doctor, nurse, medical technician, psychiatrist, hospital, or healthcare facility) fails to exercise adequate care, skill, or diligence in your care, you are a victim of medical malpractice.
The concept of medical malpractice negligence is broad and encompasses virtually every kind of mistake that could be made by a medical professional. The most common cases brought against doctors are:
- improper diagnosis
- failure to diagnose
- medication errors
- surgical errors such as a slip of the knife, severing a nerve during an operation
- medical instruments, sponges, needles or other foreign objects left inside a patient after surgery
- errors in prenatal diagnostic testing
- failure to advise of diagnosis
- lack of informed consent
- abandonment (failure to attend to a patient)
- improperly prescribing a drug
- failing to inform the patient of available treatments
- continuing a treatment that has been shown to be ineffective
- below-standard treatment or incorrectly-performed treatment
Your medical professional’s duty is to use care and diligence in diagnosing and treating your illness. To fulfill that duty, a practitioner must:
- take a detailed medical history, including your family's medical history
- ask for a detailed description of current symptoms
- perform a thorough examination
- order appropriate diagnostic tests
- disclose full information pertaining to your treatment
- refer you to a specialist if your treatment is beyond the scope of practice of the examining doctor or beyond the doctor's areas of expertise
If your doctor fails to follow these basic principles, resulting in harm to you or a family member, you may have a case for medical malpractice. Call us immediately — it is essential we take action promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the Statute of Limitations.
Please call for an initial consultation, which is free of charge. If we agree to accept your case, we will work on a Contingent Fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if we win a monetary award or recovery of funds for you.