The kinds of actions that can be deemed acts of negligence depend on the specific situation in which they occur. For example, a homeowner might be considered negligent for failing to repair a broken, dangerous driveway. For a doctor or another type of healthcare professional, any failure to take reasonable steps to protect the patient from harm may be considered an act of negligence. This includes failing to follow the standard of care for a treatment performed, failing to obtain the patient’s informed consent to a specific treatment before treating him or her, failing to follow up with the patient after he or she receives treatment, and failing to sterilize operating equipment and the operating environment properly.
When a healthcare provider’s negligence harms a patient, the patient may pursue compensation for his or her related damages through a medical malpractice claim.
Any time a healthcare provider fails to take the action that another healthcare provider in the same position would reasonably have taken and the failure results in a patient’s injury or worsened condition, medical malpractice has occurred. Examples of acts of medical malpractice include:
An injury or worsened condition resulting from a healthcare provider’s error can be expensive for the patient, and not just in the short term. When you are suffering from a medical malpractice injury, you can potentially face expenses that follow you for years, or even for the rest of your life.
These damages can include:
When a victim dies from the complications of an act of medical malpractice, his or her loved ones may pursue compensation for the damages associated with the death through a wrongful death claim. These include damages suffered by the deceased’s estate as well as the survivors’ damages, like their emotional trauma and loss of the victim’s companionship.
When a physician’s error leaves you injured and facing steep damages, you deserve compensation for your losses. Work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to seek the compensation you deserve. Get started with a member of our team at Holland & Holland today by calling our office to set up your free legal consultation with us.
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