Medical Malpractice is a complex issue and a medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine your rights. While most doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers work hard to help those in their care—preventable medical misconduct happens. In fact, thousands of people are seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice and negligence each year.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of negligence at the hands of a healthcare provider, it is vital to receive the help of
Hospital and Medical Malpractice Lawyers
The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP has been handling medical malpractice cases for decades and can provide the advocacy you need to ensure your rights are respected every step of the way. There is absolutely no fee to contact our office.
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How common is Medical Malpractice and Negligence?
Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses, aides, assistants, and other medical workers provide substandard treatment to a patient. This can occur due to procedural mistakes, carelessness, or other professional failings. According to the National Academy of Sciences, approximately 98,000 Americans die from medical misconduct and mistakes each year. Hundreds of thousands of others are injured annually as result of preventable mistreatment. For the most up to date statistics for 2015 concerning the number of medical malpractice claims, visit The National Practitioner Data Bank.
How Do You Know If You’ve Suffered Medical Misconduct?
The determination of whether a medical professional has met the standard of care is based on a comparison to other professionals in the same field and the same geographical region. Would other doctors in this part of the country have acted in the same way as your doctor did in the circumstances? Answering this question is the crux of medical malpractice lawsuits. That is why these suits rely on expert witnesses who can explain to a jury whether or not your doctor acted in accord with other competent medical professionals. This is also what makes medical malpractice and negligence a complex area of practice for hospital malpractice lawyers. Medical malpractice attorneys practicing in this area not only need the appropriate legal knowledge necessary to pursue any legal claim, they also require an understanding of the medicine involved in the situation, and must have the ability to retain the necessary experts needed to opine that medical negligence took place.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice and Negligence
Medical malpractice and negligence does not occur every time there is a bad outcome from treatment. The law generally recognizes the practice of medicine as an “art” rather than as an exact science. Therefore, some latitude is given to practitioners with respect to the manner in which they choose to address the problems of specific patients. However, the fact remains that everyday patients across the country experience medical misconduct or receive unacceptable care that leaves them worse than they would have been had they been given the level of care that the law demands. Some of the most common medical malpractice suits are brought on the following forms of misconduct:
- Treatment errors: Many doctors and nurse make mistakes when providing actual treatment to patients. This includes situations where medication is improperly administered or a surgery actually makes a situation worse. Patients aren’t guaranteed that their medical issue will be resolved after treatment. However, if a situation is made worse because of mistakes by a medical professional, then the patient has a right to hold the medical provider accountable due to their medical misconduct.
- Diagnosis Errors: Medical malpractice can also include situations where a doctor fails to act at all. When a patient visits a doctor complaining of certain problems, the medical professional must act appropriately to try to determine the underlying medical issue. Yet, sometimes doctors fail to diagnose a condition, delay in providing a diagnosis, or misdiagnose the condition. All of these may be examples of medical malpractice.
- Consent Issues: The law demands that patients be informed about their treatment options and to consent to that treatment. Medical malpractice may occur in violation of this requirement in one of two ways. First, a doctor may act against a patient’s direct wishes. Second, a patient may not be made fully aware of the details of their treatment before agreeing to it.
Getting Legal Help – Finding a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you think you or a loved one might have been hurt by inadequate medical care, it is important to reach out to a medical malpractice lawyer to learn about your options. You may not know for sure whether you have a medical malpractice suit, but the first step is visiting with an experienced medical negligence attorney, sharing your story, and learning more.
The medical malpractice lawyers at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP can provide the experienced legal help you need. We have offices located in Pennsylvania | New York | New Jersey.
The firm can be reached at 1-800-624-8888 or you contact us by filling out a free online case evaluation form. The initial consultation is FREE. If we agree to handle your medical malpractice claim, there is no legal fee unless we are successful in getting you money. A lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a Statute of Limitations so please call or contact us right away so that you do not lose your rights to money and other benefits.