When you or a loved one is sick of coping with a life-changing diagnosis, you place a tremendous amount of trust and faith in the men and women of the medical profession. You trust that they have made a proper diagnosis, and you trust that they have chosen the best possible treatment. You have faith that they treat their job with the respect and care it deserves in order to keep you and your family safe from harm.
If you have been harmed by medical negligence, not only are you facing a serious health crisis, but you also feel betrayed and deceived by the medical facility and staff that treated you. You may feel completely helpless—but our medical malpractice attorneys wants you to know that you are not helpless, and you have legal recourse.
Medical Malpractice: What it Is, and What You Can Do
Doctors and other healthcare professionals are expected to practice their profession under the medical standard of care, which means that they will provide you with the type of care that a competent professional in the same field would provide. While this does not sound like much, it is an important standard that both accommodates the uncertainties in the medical field while demanding the best of those who practice medicine.
Healthcare is a very challenging field, and with so many variables it is impossible to demand miracles, such as curing untreatable conditions. What the medical standard of care does demand, however, is that the doctor chooses and executes a treatment that another doctor in the same situation would have deemed appropriate.
While proving that the doctor failed to exercise the medical standard of care can be difficult, it usually comes down to the doctor behaving recklessly or negligently. There are three common medical malpractice claims:
- Improper diagnoses, when a doctor’s failure to diagnose properly under the medical standard of care results in harm to the patient.
- Treatment mistakes that a competent doctor would not have made in the same situation.
- Failing to obtain informed consent from a patient, either by failing to fully inform the individual or by administering treatment with the patient’s consent.
Common consequences of medical negligence include:
- Medication errors. When a pharmacist dispenses the wrong drug, when a nurse administers the wrong dosage, or a doctor prescribes an inappropriate medicine, the results can be life-threatening or even permanently disabling. This mistreatment must not be ignored.
- Ineffective treatment from incorrect diagnosis. If your physician treats you for indigestion when your real problem is stomach cancer, your life is jeopardized by the delay in getting you the right treatment. Hold an incompetent medical practitioner responsible for his mistakes!
- Birth injuries. Bringing new life into the world should be a joyous time, but when doctors make negligent mistakes, such as improper forceps or vacuum use or wrong drugs, your child can be affected for a lifetime. Get the compensation you deserve for birth injuries with our legal representation.
- Surgical mistakes. The medical field has made important advances over the years that has made surgery safer than ever. Nevertheless, we have all heard stories of errors in which the wrong limb was amputated, a patient received the wrong operation, or a careless surgeon left tools with the body that later causes a dangerous infection. If you have suffered a surgical infection or other medical mishap, you may be entitled to compensation.
Hiring an Experienced Attorney for Medical Malpractice Claims
If you think that you or a loved one may be the victim of medical malpractice, you may be able to collect damages by filing a lawsuit. Such damages would include both economic damages, which would account for medical expenses and lost income, as well and the trickier non-economic damages, which are monetary awards based on intangible harm, such as pain and suffering.
While medical malpractice can have terrible consequences for victims, claims involving malpractice can be very complicated. Proving a breach of the medical standard of care is extraordinarily difficult, and generally requires expert witnesses to verify. Several factors must be proven in order to collect damages, and you will need an attorney who has experience with these claims in order to have a successful outcome.
At Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P., our medical malpractice attorneys have over 50 combined years of experience handling complex medical malpractice claims. We will work closely with you to determine if you have been the victim of malpractice, and will fight passionately for your cause if you have been wronged by a medical professional. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 202-759-5899 to schedule a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.