Hospitals and clinics. Doctors and nurses. Dentists and pharmacists. These professionals practice some of the most important occupations in our society: diagnosing, treating, and preventing illness and disease in our population. Unfortunately, things can go wrong, and the care we receive causes more harm than good.
Medical malpractice occurs when an individual suffers a devastating injury, illness, disease or even death as the result of negligence or errors made by a medical care professional. Injuries can be caused when:
- A medical professional delays or fails to diagnose a disease
- An error occurs during a surgical operation
- A physician fails to gain the consent of the patient
- A physician fails to properly treat a disease or medical condition
- Prescription drugs or medical device are misused
Proving Medical Malpractice
It is important to understand, however, that the medical care professional’s actions must be directly responsible for causing the injury, illness, disease or death of the person who was harmed. You must be able to prove that the medical care professional failed to conform to a relevant standard of care. That standard of care has to be proven through expert testimony or by errors obvious enough that expert testimony is unnecessary. And the damages caused by that breach of care must be lasting.
Unfortunately, not all mistakes a medical professional or medical care provider makes can be considered medical malpractice. And the process of evaluating your claim can be a long, complicated and confusing process. A detailed exploration of your medical history must be accomplished, and qualified expert witnesses must be brought in to make the necessary evaluations of your claim. Even after an extensive review of all of the facts involved, it can still be a difficult decision to make whether to pursue your claim or not.
How We Can Help
It is important that you speak with a qualified attorney, experienced in the area of handling medical malpractice claims as soon as you think you might be entitled to a claim. The attorneys at the Paige Donnelly law firm have many years of experience evaluating and handling medical malpractice claims. They will explain all of the steps and procedures involved and help you understand everything there is to unwinding these complicated, difficult cases.
If you believe that you or someone you love has been harmed because of the negligent skill and care of a medical professional, contact Paige Donnelly as soon as possible. We will promptly respond to your questions and are willing to visit you at the hospital or in your home.