Posted in: Sep 28,2021|
WHAT IS MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE?
It occurs when the receipt of medical care from a hospital, doctor or other health care professional fails to meet the standard of care established by the profession.
Naturally, you may question, “how do I know I’ve experienced it?”. While medical negligence becomes medical malpractice if the negligence causes a patient to suffer an injury, it also requires intent.
If a medical provider makes a mistake (an act or omission), and the patient is harmed, that could be medical negligence or medical malpractice. If there was intent, or a knowing failure to act on the behalf of the medical provider, the case likely rises to medical malpractice. As you can see, there is nuance and judgement involved. This is why you need to apply a level of discernment and judgement in selecting the right lawyer for your complex medical case.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE?
There are four common types of medical negligence. The first is failure to diagnose an illness or condition correctly; the second is faulty or unnecessary surgical treatment; the third is birth injury; and, the fourth is incorrect medication.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
There are various types of medical malpractice, which we expand upon on our medical malpractice examples page. You’ll notice they are very much the same as medical negligence. The four most common examples of medical malpractice are misdiagnosis, childbirth injury, surgical errors and anesthesia errors.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I MIGHT BE A VICTIM OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE OR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
Contact an experienced team of attorneys who have intimate knowledge. Proper evaluation of the facts of the case is essential and knowledgeable attorneys, backed by an esteemed network of healthcare experts, can determine where your case lands on the spectrum. In turn, they can help you determine the merits of your case and the potential for an acceptable settlement or judgement. Essentially, you should contact a team that gets results.
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