Medical malpractice is professional negligence committed by the act or omission of a health care provider such as a doctor, dentist, nurse, or anesthesiologist, in which the care provided does not conform to the accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. The term used to describe the act of a doctor violating the standard of care he or she owes to a patient and thereby injuring the patient is “negligence.” Usually, there is some medical error involved on the part of the care provider that results in serious harm to the victim.
Medical professionals almost always possess professional liability insurance, or medical malpractice insurance, to offset the risk of liability for such an injury and the costs of lawsuits based on the resulting medical malpractice claims. A doctor could be liable for (depending on the circumstances) such issues as prescribing experimental drugs without properly informing patient of the associated risks and costs of treatment, performing cosmetic surgery in a manner that results in disfigurement or other avoidable complications, leaving medical instruments in the body of a patient after a surgery, performing surgery on the wrong area of the body, performing a surgical procedure on the wrong patient, or treating a patient or performing surgery in a way that results in the loss of use of a body part or parts.
If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of a surgery, medication, or other medical treatment, and believe your injury may have been the product of medical malpractice, you need an attorney that has experience in dealing with medical malpractice claims by your side to make sure you receive all the benefits and compensation you are entitled to as a result of your injury.