Medical Malpractice

Determining what is Medical Malpractice

When you go to a doctor, your main purpose for the visit is for you to regain your health. There are, unfortunately, cases of medical malpractice that occur every day. If you believe that you are the victim of medical malpractice, but are not entirely sure, then read on.

Types of Medical Malpractice.

Few mistakes can be as dangerous as those made by a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional. Health is fragile, and there are numerous ways that simple accidents can have lifelong repercussions that can destroy innocent lives. Healthcare workers must be held accountable for the mistakes they make, for not only does it establish a trail of liability but also helps patients recognize the doctors with less than stellar credentials.

Although medical malpractice can take many forms, by far the most common incidents are those that directly impact the health of the patient. While some doctors would argue that medicine is more of an art than a science, their patients would like to feel confident that they are being treated by experienced professionals who understand the risks of incorrect diagnosis, treatment, or surgery. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. In fact, statistics from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences indicate that 98,000 hospital patients are killed each year by physician mistakes, although many experts believe that this statistic does not reflect the true epidemic of medical malpractice as most deaths go mislabeled or underreported.

Medical malpractice may also occur as an omission by your doctor. If your doctor failed to tell you about a serious problem that you have which is quite apparent, and if the symptoms adversely affect you, then you are in your rights to seek legal help against the doctor. If the doctor withholds information from you they can also be held liable for any health damages that may result from their negligence.

Another type of medical malpractice is if your doctor gives your private health information to third parties without your consent. Since the HIPPA act that was passed several years ago, patient’s rights are now more secure than ever. There are medical malpractice instances, however, where information is given to other doctors, employers, family members, etc, without the written and/or verbal consent of the patient. Should this happen to you, you are within your rights to seek an attorney and seek immediate assistance, and should be done so in a timely manner.

You should not have to endure your medical malpractice battle alone. Fighting a doctor, hospital, or insurance company can be a daunting challenge, but our dedicated and professional medical malpractice attorneys will support you throughout your case to help you get the compensation and protection that you may rightfully deserve. Contact us today.

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