There are no guarantees in medicine, and the incredible advances in medical technology that have developed over the last twenty years have not made patients immune to the inherent imperfections in the process of medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. We employ doctors and medical staff in order to gain access to the high levels of training, knowledge, expertise, and experience they have to offer us in a caregiver capacity, and trust that they will exercise their skill in a manner commensurate with their education and pay grade.
Medical doctors are human, after all, and are capable of mistakes just as anyone else is. They bear a much higher burden of care than an ordinary acquaintance however, owing to the doctor patient relationship and the professional guidance and responsibility it implies. When mistakes are made which negatively impact the health and well-being of a patient, it is perfectly reasonable to wish to hold a medical professional accountable for their negligence. With the assistance of legal representation experienced in working in the medical malpractice field, you may be able to recover compensation for the losses you experience as a result of medical malpractice, both financial and personal.
Establishing that malpractice occurred requires the skillful investigation into the circumstances of your injury as well as a wealth of knowledge regarding relevant law and precedent. By examining the medical records of an event, by subpoena if necessary, your legal representative will seek to clearly establish that your medical care acted in a manner contrary to that which would be considered reasonable and correct within the context of the evaluation. This is typically achieved by obtaining the expert testimony of a medical doctor of similar practice and expertise who will relate to the jury how their approach to the medical condition would have differed and why. In this way, it can be established that the negligence of the medical professional was the proximate cause of an injury, and it will become possible to hold that individual liable for a wide array of mistakes, such as the following common examples of malpractice:
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Improper treatment for a diagnosed condition
- Failure to obtain informed consent prior to treatment
- Errors in a surgical environment
- Incorrect prescription or administration of pharmaceuticals
Any of the above examples of negligence can have an incredibly serious negative impact upon the health and well-being of a patient, and often serve to exacerbate existing injuries or medical conditions to a degree which becomes far more serious than the condition they were seeking treatment for in the first place. By filing a lawsuit, a victim of medical malpractice may be able to recover financial compensation which will cover the direct expenses of their subsequent medical treatment which would have been otherwise unnecessary, as well as a variety of other types of personal and financial loss.