At the law
offices of Paul R. Bennett, we’re here to provide you with more than just a
personal injury attorney. These services are among our specialties, of course,
but we also help clients with several other vital and
area? Medical malpractice, which involves you receiving just
compensation for the consequences of mistakes made by medical professionals. We
know that virtually all medical staff are focused and caring people who want to
get the best outcomes for their patients, but there are times where difficult
choices or mistakes are made that harm the patient – and the patient may have
the right to request compensation. Here are the basics on medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Basics
malpractice is split into two broad areas: Surgical malpractice and other areas
of malpractice. Surgical malpractice cases are separated because of how common
they are – they make up over a third of all medical malpractice cases just on
their own. Mistakes here may include operating on the wrong body part, doing
unnecessary procedures, damaging other organs during surgery, leaving behind
surgical instruments, or issues like infections that crop up post-surgery due
to errors by the surgical team.
malpractice lawsuits, like those for personal injury, are tried in civil court.
The goal if you’re a plaintiff here is receiving financial compensation for any
When a civil
court hears your medical malpractice case, it’s important to know what they’re
looking for. A primary factor here is the term “negligence.”
medical world, negligence covers situations where a medical professional acted without
the “ordinary prudence” that a doctor should in that situation. If, for
instance, your doctor prescribes you a procedure that other doctors would not
have prescribed based on those same circumstances, negligence might be at play.
Doctors can be viewed as negligent based on either commission or omission –
that is, based on either things they do
or things they don’t do as part of
Negligence and Harm
alone is generally not enough to win a medical malpractice case. Rather, you
also have to be able to prove measurable harm caused by a medical
professional’s negligence – this harm has to be relatively significant,
including medical bills, missed work and serious medical problems. This harm
has to be quantifiable so that it can be compensated for properly.
For more on
medical malpractice, or to learn about any of our other personal injury
attorney services, speak to the staff at the offices of Paul R. Bennett today.