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Medical Malpractice is a complex issue and a Columbus 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 professional medical negligence attorneys experienced in Getting the Compensation You Deserve!!


How common is Medical Malpractice and Negligence?

Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses, aides, assistants, and other medical workers provide a 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 a result of preventable mistreatment.

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.  Columbus medical malpractice lawyers practicing in this area not only need the appropriate legal knowledge necessary to pursue any legal claim, but 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 do 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 errorsMany doctors and nurses make mistakes when providing actual treatment to patients.  This includes situations where medication is improperly administered or surgery actually makes a situation worse.  Patients aren’t guaranteed that their medical issues 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 ErrorsMedical 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.

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