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Medical Malpractice Overview

Medical Malpractice Overview

Were you injured because of the negligence of a medical professional? Do you believe that you were the victim of a medical error? You could have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit! At Henry & Williams, P.C., we are committed to not only helping victims of accidents, but helping people who have been treated negligently by doctors, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacies. Medical malpractice can be defined as any treatment which falls below a certain standard of care. In other words, if a medical professional strayed in any way from what has been determined to be the acceptable standard of care, this could be considered negligence.

What can make these cases difficult is the fact that doctors and hospitals have their own defense team in place specifically to deal with lawsuits from patients. In order to ensure that you receive justice in your particular situation, it is necessary that you have a legal representative on your side who understands these cases and has the skill and experience required to take on these hospitals. Proving fault in medical malpractice cases can be difficult, and this is another reason why it is important to have an attorney on your side who understands how to prove liability.

What types of situations could be considered medical malpractice? Among the most common types of medical malpractice are birth injuries, surgical errors, and medication errors. The time surrounding the birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most joyous in a family's life. When negligence causes harm or pain to the child, something must be done to hold the guilty party accountable for what they have done. If your child has suffered from brain cooling, umbilical cord compression, shoulder dystocia, or kernicterus, you could be entitled to compensation.

If you underwent surgery, but then went on to suffer complications, you could have a surgical injury case. These injuries are all too common and can range from a surgical instrument being left in a patient's body to the surgery being performed on the wrong part of the body to the entire surgery being unnecessary. If a foreign object was left in the body, this could cause infection and further complications. Surgery performed on the wrong part of the body may seem like it is too obvious a mistake to make, but situations like this do occur. If the surgery was not necessary but the doctor was seeking to make a profit, this is also a clear example of malpractice.

Medication errors are also extremely common. The frightening truth about these types of cases is that most instances are never even reported to the patient and their family. Although most medication errors do not cause any major harm to the patient, it can mean a delay in treatment. In the worst case scenarios, the patient's condition may become worse as the result of taking the wrong medication. Whatever the case, a simple error could have devastating consequences and it is imperative that action is taken to hold the negligent individual accountable for what they have done.

If you believe that you were the victim of medical malpractice, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer from our firm. We have over 55 years of combined experience on our side and have been able to recover millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We also offer a free case evaluation so that you can let us know the details of your case and find out how we could help you. Call today to get started and learn how we could protect your rights!

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