Medical malpractice occurs when a medical practitioner neglects to provide the appropriate treatment, gives substandard treatment that causes harm to the patient, or does not take appropriate action on behalf of a patient. The negligence can involve a medical error due to the diagnosis, health management, treatment, or aftercare process. A patient who has experienced medical negligence can recover compensation for harm or injuries caused due to the actions of the practitioner. The Medical Malpractice Center in the United States indicates there are between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice lawsuits against doctors each year. In fact, the standards and regulations for medical malpractice may differ according to the state you reside. This article provides information on what medical malpractice is and how it can affect a patient.
A hospital or medical practitioner is supposed to provide a certain standard of care to every patient under their supervision. Even though the practitioner or hospital is not responsible for all the harm experienced by the patient, they are legally responsible if the patient experiences injury or harm due to substandard treatment provided by them. To be considered medical malpractice in the United States, there are several factors such as:
- Providing substandard care – The law requires the hospital or medical practitioner abide by certain standards of medical care. Neglecting to provide appropriate care will potentially result in the practitioner being liable and they may face a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Even if the patient feels that the provider was negligent, there can be no claim if there is no harm or injury to the patient.
- The injury should have damaging consequences to the patient. Considerable damage could include – constant pain, enduring hardship, suffering, full or partial disability, and loss of income.
The way medical malpractice affects an individual can vary from person to person. In fact, some patients may not be aware that they have been a victim of medical negligence until it is too late. The consequences of negligence may well extend beyond the physical injury to the individual. In fact, it can impact the patient emotionally and psychologically. The victim can easily experience stress, isolation, and vulnerability under such circumstances. He or she may become fully or partially disabled and lose their job in the process. There are many things to consider when you or a loved one has been harmed or injured due to medical malpractice. The first thing you should do is to consult a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney for immediate assistance.
A professional personal injury lawyer can help guide and represent you with a medical malpractice case. The attorneys at Little, Oliver and Gallagher PLLC are experienced professionals in this field and will insure you are adequately compensated based on the seriousness of your injuries. For help with your potential medical malpractice case contact us today. In the Oklahoma City area call (405) 253-4478 or our main office in Ardmore at (580) 798-0447. If you prefer, complete our Free Case Evaluation form and someone will contact you as soon as possible.