What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

Your life may be drastically altered if you are a victim of medical malpractice. Following a medical malpractice incident, you may be either physically or emotionally damaged, which is why it is important you learn about whether or not you may qualify for compensation. You may use this compensation to cover any additional medical bills, in-home care, and more. If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice, here are some questions you may have:

What are the grounds for medical malpractice?

To prove a medical professional is guilty of medical malpractice, your case should demonstrate the following: a violation of the standard of care, an injury that was caused by the medical professional’s negligence, and that the injury resulted in significant damages. If a medical professional violates the standard of care, this means that the patient did not receive a level of care consistent with the standards provided. Additionally, a patient must prove that the injury he or she sustained came as a result of the medical professional’s negligence towards the standard of care. Since medical malpractice cases are usually very expensive and time-consuming, the patient must prove that the injuries he or she sustained due to medical negligence have a significant impact on his or her life. If the damages are not significant enough, the cost of the case may end up being more than the eventual recovery. Therefore, to win a claim, a patient must prove that the medical negligence resulted in the loss of income, disability, significant past and future medical bills, suffering and hardship, or unusual pain.

What are some examples of medical malpractice?

There are several different examples that may constitute medical malpractice. Some of them are as follows:

  • Failure to recognize symptoms
  • Failure to order proper testing
  • Premature discharge
  • Disregarding or not accepting appropriate patient history
  • Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Hospital infections
  • Surgical errors or wrong-site surgery
  • Improper medication or dosage
  • Poor follow-up or aftercare

If you were injured due to medical negligence, you may be suffering in a significant way. These are only some examples of actions that may qualify as medical malpractice, so if you do not see your specific scenario mentioned above and still believe you are a victim, you should reach out to an attorney to discuss your situation today. You may be entitled to compensation.

Contact our Washington D.C. firm

Trombly & Singer, PLLC, has extensive experience handling complex medical negligence cases. Our firm has helped countless families and children achieve justice for the injuries that they suffered because of medical treatment that fell below the standard of care. To schedule a free legal consultation with our legal professionals, Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC.