Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider fails to meet the required standards of care when treating a patient, which may result in serious injury or death. Every year in the United States, almost 100,000 people suffer severe harm from medical mistakes, according to a Harvard Medical Study.
Medical malpractice is most common in specialized fields of medicine such as emergency care, neurosurgery, obstetrics, and gynecology. However, it can occur in any medical setting from the laboratory to the pharmacy to the operating room.
Common Types of Medical Mistakes
Numerous types of errors can occur in a medical setting, which may result in life-threatening risks and complications. Some common types of medical mistakes include, but are not limited to:
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Prescription errors
When the necessary standards of care are not met, devastating consequences can occur. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury you suspect was caused by medical malpractice, you may be entitled to seek monetary compensation for your losses and suffering including medical bills, lost income capacity, pain and anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
It is important to know that in order to file a medical malpractice claim, you must be able to prove three standards of criteria:
- Your doctor failed to provide the required standard of care a reasonable doctor wouldn’t have
- Your injuries are a direct result of your doctor’s negligence
- The damages suffered are a result of medical malpractice
A qualified medical malpractice attorney has a wealth of experience handling these types of cases and is available to help protect your legal rights and maximize your interests. All medical malpractice lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitation, which limits the amount of time a victim can file claim. This is why it is important to speak with an attorney soon after you suspect that medical malpractice was the result of a serious injury. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney who can inform you of your legal rights and options.