court2Malpractice means negligence by a professional. Medical errors have been reported as a leading cause of death in the United States. Medical mistakes occur not only in hospitals but in day surgery and outpatient clinics, retail pharmacies, nursing homes, and home care. Medication errors alone contribute to more than 7,000 deaths annually.

A doctor, dentist or hospital can be sued for failing to order tests, missing a diagnosis, delaying treatment or other unreasonable conduct which causes injury to a patient. Doctors rarely will admit they have done wrong — and can almost always find a colleague to defend their professional judgment. Law firms accepting malpractice cases must invest substantial time and money to help prove that the care (or lack of it) caused the patient’s bad outcome.

Medical malpractice can occur through a health care provider’s negligent action or inaction. Negligence is considered to be the failure by a provider to follow accepted professional standards of care (or what a “reasonable” provider would do) that cause harm to a patient. Signing a consent form does not allow a health care provider to escape medical malpractice liability.

Common examples of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure to perform medical procedures in a competent manner
  • Failure to order necessary tests or evaluate their results
  • Failure to possess or use necessary skills
  • Diagnosing an incorrect condition and pursuing the wrong treatment
  • Misuse of prescription drugs

Potential medical malpractice cases are complex and difficult to analyze, and require the skills and experience of medical and legal experts. When considering the validity of a claim, contact Personal Injury Law Offices of Michael Feldman.

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