Health care practitioners have a legal duty to their patients. In fact, health care professionals have to observe rigid medical guidelines when diagnosing and treating their patients.
Whenever a doctor or other healthcare professional provides medical care that falls beneath the level of care that is expected in the medical community, they may face a medical malpractice lawsuit if the patient experiences serious injuries or dies.
Medical malpractice arises from patients being injured or harmed due to circumstances involving, for example:
- Lab results and X-rays being misread;
- Diseases and illnesses being misdiagnosed;
- Poor surgical technique;
- Inadequate postoperative care;
- Being prescribed the wrong medication; and
- Other acts that depart from what is considered an adequate standard of care and which result in injury to the patient.
Medical malpractice can result in severe consequences for the affected individual, including expensive medical bills, the loss of income, the deterioration of one’s medical condition, the loss of a limb or body part, and even death.
Medical Malpractice Cases
A medical malpractice case is much like any other personal injury case in which damages can be recovered for the injuries themselves and for the physical and mental pain and suffering caused by those injuries, including, by way of example:
- Medical expenses (past and future);
- Pain and suffering (past and future);
- Loss of income;
- Occupational retraining;
- Loss of spousal services;
- Loss of enjoyment of Life;
- Necessary home alterations; and
- The cost of domestic assistant
Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you have been injured or harmed as a result of medical malpractice, the first step is to contact an attorney or law firm whose practice concentrates in medical malpractice. The lawyers at Ratsenberg & Associates have experience in helping victims of medical malpractice and, from the very outset, will assist you in, among other things:
- Documenting what has occurred so that you do not forget important facts;
- Obtaining copies your medical records; and
- Hiring expert witnesses to analyze your medical records in order to determine if the accepted standard of care was breached during your treatment.