Jun 25, 2015

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Medical Malpractice

Doctors and other medical professionals are some of the only people we instinctively trust. We trust them with the things that are most important to us- our health and the health of our families. It is especially unsettling, then, to think of these people as making an error that injures us or someone we care for. Unfortunately these incidents do occur, and occasionally and oversight or poor judgement on the part of a medical professional can result in a severe injury for their patient or patients.

Common cases of medical malpractice include: misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, improper treatment, surgical errors, emergency room errors, pharmaceutical errors, birth injuries, wrongful death, and hospital negligence.

In order for a medical malpractice case to be considered legitimate, it must be proven that a medical professional deviated from an accepted standard in their practice. Furthermore, it must be proven that this oversight caused damage- that damage ranging from injury to death to increased medical expenses. In medical malpractice cases, there is what is called a “statute of limitations.” This means that there is a certain time period after which the damage was committed when the victim can prosecute the medical professional for this case. After this prescribed amount of time has passed, it is too late for the victim to prosecute the medical professional for the damages. Statutes of limitations vary by state.

Medical malpractice can be extremely harmful and in some cases, life threatening. Unfortunately these cases often could have been prevented. Many times, these often the fault of the carelessness or neglect of the medical professional or other staff involved in the initial treatment. In these cases the victim of such a tragedy or their families may be owed certain damages.

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