Medical malpractice results when a member of the medical profession causes injury to a patient by way of negligence or omission. Malpractice can occur at any point in during the care or aftercare of the patient.
Medical malpractice is one of the top causes of death in the United States according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. It ranks just behind heart disease and cancer. Medical negligence claims, on average, 250,000 per year. These are overwhelming statistics when thinking about the amount of advances the medical world makes each year.
Not every instance of medical malpractice is fatal. Often medical negligence results in significant injury to the patient. According to the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, any malpractice claims must display three characteristics: standard of care violation, proof that negligence caused the injury or death, and proof that significant damage was caused.
Common instances of medical malpractice are
- Incorrect Dosage of Medication
- Failure to Diagnose
- Unnecessary Surgery
- Errors during Surgery
- Incorrect Surgery Location
- Improper Aftercare
- Failure to Recognize Symptoms
- Not Ordering Proper Testing
- Premature Discharge
You will most likely need an experienced lawyer to represent you, bearing in mind that you must deal with difficult parties and legal complexities before you can receive your due compensation. Remember to be quick about hiring an attorney or otherwise risk missing the deadline for filing your injury claim, as stipulated in your state’s statute of limitations. At Oswalt Law Group, our attorneys are always available for a free consultation about your injury case, so call us today on (602) 225-2222 to see how we can help you.