Medical malpractice covers a wide spectrum of injuries against various defendants including, hospitals, nurses, dentists, and doctors. A medical malpractice claim may stem from the treatment of a broken bone or the most complex of open heart surgery.
Doctors and other medical professionals are highly trained individuals who truly want to help their patients feel better. Such professionals are held to a standard of care requiring him or her to provide appropriate quality care and to inform the patient of all necessary information. Unfortunately, negligence does often occur and it can be catastrophic and may even result in wrongful death.
Some common medical errors are:
- Failure to diagnose cancer or other illness;
- Surgical error;
- Wrong site surgery;
- Birth injuries;
- Anesthesia complications;
- Emergency Room negligence;
- Pharmacy errors.
There are several things you need to know regarding medical malpractice cases:
- They are always contested.
Unlike most auto accidents or slip and fall cases, medical malpractice will likely not settle prior to a lawsuit. That does not necessarily mean the case will go all the way to trial, but your attorney better prepare as if it will be tried.
- Medical Malpractice is changing.
Medical malpractice is heavily discussed in the ongoing health care debates as so called "tort reform." You need an attorney who is always keeping an eye on the current state of the law so that you are well aware of your rights. My blog is a great resource to follow the debate concerning medical malpractice law. Also, as a member of the Rhode Island Association for Justice, I am helping to protect a victim's right to compensation for medical error.
Should I contact a medical malpractice attorney?
Medical malpractice is the most complex of all personal injury lawsuits and requires an attorney with experience in the field. Contact my office as soon as possible for a free consultation.