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What is medical malpractice?

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice can be defined as a form of negligence exhibited by a healthcare professional when they are supposed to be taking care of their patients. When healthcare professionals fail to meet their expected standard of care, there can be negative impacts felt by their patients after their lack of care. The standard of care that is expected from medical professionals can be based on the standard that is practiced by their peers and the institutions that they are associated with.

When patients believe that they have experienced a case of medical malpractice, they should report it and then there can be an investigation into the matter. Other patients may have been affected by these doctor’s action as well. If they file a lawsuit, this can cause them to protect future patients, preventing them from being involved in these situations. Not only doctors can face these charges, but other healthcare professionals can as well. If your health has taken a toll due to a doctor’s negligence, this can greatly affect your overall health and finances. When you suffer with your health, this can often lead to overwhelming medical bills, which can put some people in debt. Due to this, you may wish to seek damages.

What types of medical malpractice are there?

For medical malpractice cases, the negligence of a doctor will have to be proven. An investigation can show that they do not perform up to the best of their ability. This can show that they were displaying negligent behavior. There are many different forms of medical malpractice that may be seen by healthcare professionals. These may include: failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, surgical mistakes, emergency room mistakes, prescription errors and overdoses, labor and birth injuries, anesthesia errors, inadequate consent, hospital-acquired or post-surgical infections and improper care and follow-up.

When medical malpractice is proven to be involved, patients can seek compensation for this offense. This can greatly affect a medical professional because they may have to pay a significant amount of damages to someone who is deemed a victim of their medical malpractice. This compensation can include economic damages, such as payment for medical bills, lost wages and future wages.

If you are in this situation, it is important to discuss this situation with an attorney. The attorneys at Timian & Fawcett, LLC provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.

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