Medical Malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. We're never more vulnerable than when we're in the hospital. The tests, the procedures, and the people in and out of the room are often a blur, yet in a moment, a medical mistake can change your life.
What is medical negligence?
Not every injury is medical negligence. Medical negligence is a physician's (or other healthcare provider) failure to adhere to the standard of care, which directly causes patient harm. Although medicine can be difficult and complicated and navigate, medical professionals are required to use best judgment and comply with best practices. The standard of care is simply the minimum level of acceptable treatment a patient's condition demands.
What are types of medical negligence?
Medical negligence can take many forms:
- Surgical Errors
- There can be significant complications that arise as a result of elective or emergent surgery. There are many known risks and complications of certain surgical procedures, but your healthcare provider has a duty to timely recognize and treat those complications if they arise.
- Delayed Diagnosis
- A failure to timely diagnose certain injuries, like cancer, can be devastating. When an illness goes unrecognized and untreated, the result can be unnecessary medical treatment or further harmful progression of disease, and even death. We rely on healthcare provider's to recognize signs and symptoms of certain disease and to treat if necessary.
- Infections can happen absent negligence, but can also be the result of unclean operating rooms and/or failure to adhere to strict protocols intended to prevent the spread of infection.
- Defective Surgical Implant
- If you received an implant of a certain medical device that has caused you additional problems, there may be a problem with the actual device.
If you or someone you know has experienced complications because of a medical procedure, it is important that you contact an attorney quickly. The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Keilty Bonadio will review your medical records and consult with experts to help you find answers. We will be the transparent partner you need.