Medical Malpractice is a term we use for any action performed by a medical professional or institution that causes injury or suffering. A medical malpractice lawsuit can be brought against doctors, nurses, and other medical staff, or against an entire hospital or clinic, depending on who was at fault.
That said, it can often be difficult to know who is responsible or even what kind of harmful actions constitute as actionable cases of medical malpractice. Below is a list of common examples of medical malpractice you can use as a starting point.
Medical Procedures Gone WrongWhen a medical procedure goes wrong it can be the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit, but you have to be careful when considering poor or harmful outcomes of a medical procedure. Even if you are hurt as a result of a medical procedure, it does not count as medical malpractice unless you can prove you were injured as a result of negligence.
Incorrect Drug ProscriptionsBeing prescribed the wrong drug can be the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit, especially if your doctor did not take into account things he should have known like your medical history and other medications you were taking at the time.
If your doctor treats you for a medical problem that you do not have, that treatment can be the basis of medical malpractice. Like all medical malpractice concerns, you should consult with your attorney before moving forward with a lawsuit as sometimes a doctor can make an honest mistake in a complex diagnosis without that mistake rising to the level of medical malpractice.
Infections that occur after surgery are sometimes the result of medical staff not following proper procedure. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you prove this was the case
Doctors and other medical professionals must accurately explain the test, study, or medical procedure they are going to preform on you. Failure to do so, especially when that failure involves lying to you about a procedure, can be grounds for a valid medical malpractice suit.
In all these cases, it is wise to seek out a law firm with significant experience in dealing with medical malpractice cases. Hospitals and clinics often have teams of lawyers ready to dismiss or justify otherwise valid incidents of medical malpractice. You deserve someone on your side who can help guide you through the complexities of medical law and procedure.
The team at Martin Walker, P.C. has spend well over a decade helping the people of East Texas. If you or a loved one was injured by what you thing may have been a case of medical malpractice, give us a call today.
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