Your doctor, surgeon or other healthcare professional should be the person you trust most with your health. You expect them, and pay them, to treat your illnesses and conditions. If you end up sicker than when you started – or lose a loved one – because of a doctor’s negligence, unfortunately you’re not alone.
The Tuscaloosa medical malpractice attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm are skilled in these types of cases, and have the specific experience it takes for a favorable outcome. We’ll work with you to seek the maximum compensation available for your injuries and losses, and ensure the negligent parties are held responsible. Talk to us today.
Throughout our state and the country, medical professionals are both expected and legally obligated to provide patients a certain standard of care. Essentially, the rule is that medical personnel must provide treatment that’s consistent with the general standards in their field of medicine in the same geographic area. And if they fail, falling below those acceptable standards and their patient suffers harm because of that failure, they can be held liable.
Medical malpractice isn’t just a simple mistake or a bad side effect. It’s your doctor’s failure to provide reasonable care that results in harm. Medical malpractice occurs when:
Examples of malpractice and negligence can include failure to diagnose, errors in diagnosis, errors in treatment, improper management of a condition, or mistakes during a procedure. To show that malpractice occurred, the patient must be able to show a direct link between the physician’s negligence and their injury. And, that injury must have resulted in harm, losses or damages to the patient – like lost income, pain or disability.
Malpractice can happen in a variety of medical situations, during just about any stage of a patient’s treatment and with any variety and type of medical personnel. This can include doctors, nurses, surgeons, dentists, anesthesiologists, hospital staff, pharmacists and more.
Common types of medical malpractice we often see in our practice include:
If you or a loved one were the victim of any type of negligence or malpractice, our Tuscaloosa attorneys can talk to you about your rights.
Medical malpractice can be a complicated field of law, and often it can be confusing as to what constitutes malpractice and what doesn’t. Not every medical error is malpractice. Unfortunately, just because your condition didn’t improve, or you didn’t respond to treatment, it doesn’t mean your doctor necessarily committed malpractice. Some conditions are simply untreatable, or some patients don’t respond to some treatments.
You may undergo a procedure that goes without complication but you’re unhappy with the results. It’s unlikely in this case your surgeon committed malpractice – this occurs only when your doctor provides negligent, reckless medical care that results in injury and losses. If you’re unsure as to whether or not your injury was caused by malpractice or negligence, a seasoned lawyer can offer guidance.
In a recent study, Johns Hopkins University estimated that over 250,000 deaths per year in the United States are due to medical negligence. This makes medical errors the third leading cause of death in the country. Further, even more patients suffer serious injuries that aren’t included in these statistics. All medical personnel should be held accountable if they contribute to harming a patient due to carelessness.
A patient safety advocacy organization called The Leapfrog Group keeps a current ranking of hospital safety around the country. Their ratings include data on safety records, surgical errors and infection rates.
A search for Tuscaloosa hospitals brings up the following:
Many medical treatments and procedures come with benefits and risks. They can treat a condition but also cause side effects that may cause a patient to want to weigh those pros and cons. However, the only way you, as a patient, can make that kind of decision is to be informed about all aspects of the medical procedure.
This is called informed consent, and a doctor is required to provide you with certain information before performing any procedure or treatment. If they don’t, and you suffer harm, they may be liable for medical malpractice. If you’re unaware and uninformed of certain risks or benefits and undergo a procedure, you could suffer additional or worsened injury.
Your doctor should provide you with the following for informed consent:
If you believe you were injured or harmed due to medical malpractice, the attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm can protect your rights. We put our decades of experience with medical negligence claims to work for you, holding the responsible parties accountable and seeking the maximum financial compensation for your losses. Call us today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Tuscaloosa office.