Medical malpractice is negligence caused when a healthcare provider fails to act responsibly and causes injury to a patient. That failure to act responsibly is known as a breach of the standard of care, or an act or omission by a healthcare professional that does not meet accepted standards.
Some examples of medical malpractice include failing to diagnose a condition or refer to a specialist, failing to respond in a timely manner or causing an injury during an operative procedure. Whether a health care provider was negligent is decided by the standard of care shared among other similar health care providers.
A person must prove a deviation from the acceptable standard of care, in addition to showing that they were injured as a result of the healthcare provider’s medical negligence.
If you were injured by a health care provider’s and suffered damages you may be entitled to a monetary award for compensation. That award may include not only your medical expenses and lost wages, but also lost earnings capacity, loss of household services, future medical expenses and lost wages.
Medical malpractice cases require experts to testify as to what the standard of care is in the medical community and are subject to time limitations. If you believe you may be the victim of medical malpractice, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible so that they may obtain medical records, have the records reviewed by experts and determine whether there has been a deviation from the standard of care.
With over thirty years of experience in screening and handling potential medical malpractice cases, the attorneys at Alperstein & Diener are a trusted resource for these types of claims.
For questions about your rights if you have been injured by medical professionals, please contact Lynn Hoffman.