Every healthcare professional has a duty to cause no harm to their patients and to employ acceptable, proven methods. When they breach this duty of care and cause injuries, this is medical malpractice.
If you are injured by the negligence of a healthcare provider or by the failure of the provider to carry out a procedure competently, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. You may be entitled to financial compensation.
Medical malpractice requires both legal and medical expertise. As such, it can be a very complicated area of law. It is, therefore, essential to find a well versed and experienced attorney when pursuing a medical malpractice claim.
The Different Types Of Medical Malpractice
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.
Anybody could make an honest mistake, and doctors are no exception. Despite this, a misdiagnosis would constitute medical malpractice where the doctor fails to follow due diagnostic process or disregarded critical information on the patient’s chart.
The medical community has specific standards for the treatment of different illnesses. The doctor is obligated to adhere to these standards except in extreme cases after first obtaining the consent of the patient. An example of such extreme cases is an experimental procedure for a terminal disease.
Failure to warn.
When a patient comes for treatment, doctors are obligated to fully disclose all the risks and possible side effects of that treatment. This is so that the patient can make an informed decision as to whether to go ahead with the treatment. Where the doctor fails to give the required warning, and it results in injury, the patient has a claim for medical malpractice.
Before prescribing medication for a patient, doctors are expected to take the patient’s medical history and drug allergies into consideration. Failure to do this can result in a medical malpractice claim.
Contact A Spokane Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is a serious issue, not only in Spokane but all across the globe. If you are a victim of medical malpractice, know that you are not alone. Many others have suffered injuries and even wrongful death as a result of negligent healthcare practitioners and facilities.
Contact a medical malpractice attorney at Gilbert Law Firm to learn more about your case and the possibility of compensation.