Recognizing Medical Malpractice

Recognizing Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals have the duty to provide a certain standard of care with each procedure. The standard of care is the expected course of action a reasonable healthcare provider would take. By following this standard, a healthcare provider can avoid making mistakes. But doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers are human, and when they make mistakes due to negligence, they are liable for victim’s damages.

If you were injured by an act of healthcare provider negligence, you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim to seek compensation for your related damages. These can include your medical bills for corrective treatment, your lost wages, and your other, intangible expenses like a reduced quality of life. Recognizing that an injury was due to medical negligence is not always easy. Consider the following to determine if you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Was the Mistake Preventable?

If the medical error could have been prevented if the healthcare provider took greater care to avoid it, you can file a medical malpractice claim. Examples of medical errors that can result in patient injury include:

  • Giving the patient the wrong medication or an incorrect dose of medication;
  • Anesthesia errors;
  • Leaving surgical equipment inside a patient after surgery; and
  • Making an incorrect diagnosis or failing to diagnose a condition. This can happen if a doctor fails to consider all of a patient’s symptoms or the patient’s medical history or if the doctor fails to order appropriate tests to reach a conclusive diagnosis.

Did you Fully Understand the Procedure and its Potential Complications?

Another type of medical malpractice claim is a claim made after a patient suffers from a complication he or she did not know could occur. Before performing a medical procedure, a doctor must obtain the patient’s informed consent. There are very few exceptions to this requirement.

When a physician performs a procedure without the patient’s consent and the patient then suffers an injury or worsened condition, the patient has grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Similarly, if the doctor obtains consent to one procedure, but then performs another an a complication occurs, the patient can seek damages because he or she did not give consent to that specific procedure.

Did the Doctor or Other Medical Professional Follow the Standard of Care for your Procedure?

Generally, the standard of care for a procedure involves preparation for it and follow-up care. If a doctor fails to follow up with a patient, he or she may be deemed negligent. Failing to properly sterilize equipment or the room where the procedure is performed is also a form of negligence.

Let a Talented Chicago Attorney Assist You with Your Case

If you have been harmed due to the negligence of a medical professional, you could have grounds to seek damages through a medical malpractice claim. To discuss your case in greater detail with an experienced medical malpractice attorney, contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates, PC today to schedule your initial consultation in our office.

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