Medical Malpractice Lawyers and Attorneys Protecting Injured Patients
Patients trust doctors and other healthcare professionals with their lives. When healthcare professionals make mistakes that cause a patient injury or harm, it can be considered medical malpractice. Some mistakes lead to minor injuries, but others can cause life-threatening or even fatal health complications.
Medical malpractice victims may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, medical malpractice law is complex, so if you or a loved one were hurt due to medical negligence, you will need representation from an attorney with experience in this specific area of personal injury law.
At Carpenter & Zuckerman, we knowledgeable and compassionate medical malpractice lawyers who can help you pursue justice in your case and fight for rightful compensation. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.
Four Elements That Must Be Proven in a Medical Malpractice Claim
Doctors’ mistakes are not always considered medical malpractice. In order to prove that medical malpractice occurred, a plaintiff must be able to show that these four elements existed:
There was a doctor-patient relationship between the defendant and the plaintiff.
The doctor was negligent, which means they acted in a way that a competent doctor would not have acted under similar circumstances.
You were injured as a result of the doctor’s negligence.
You suffered some type of harm as a result of these injuries.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur in a number of different situations in the practice of medicine. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:
Misdiagnosis/Failure to Diagnose
Healthcare professionals should be able to correctly diagnose a patient after analyzing their symptoms, reviewing their medical history, and performing necessary tests. However, if a healthcare professional does not diagnose the patient correctly, this could be considered medical malpractice if the mistake causes the patient harm.
Misdiagnosis can occur when a doctor fails to order the right tests, ask about the patient’s medical history, or listen to the patient’s description of their symptoms. It can also occur when a doctor does not perform regular health screenings on the patient or reads test results incorrectly.
Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists can be held liable for medication errors that injure a patient. Medication errors can occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication or the wrong dose of a medication. They can also occur when a nurse administers the incorrect medication or the wrong amount of the medication.
Surgeons have to go through years of training before they are allowed to operate on patients, but despite this training, they can still make mistakes. Surgical errors are preventable mistakes made during a surgery. For example, operating on the wrong person or body part is considered a surgical error.
Failure to Warn Patients of Risks
Doctors are required to inform patients of any known risks associated with a treatment prior to beginning a procedure. If a doctor fails to warn a patient about the risks, and the patient is injured as a result of one of the risks, the patient may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.
If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, speak to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Various parties may be held accountable in medical malpractice cases, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and hospitals. An experienced lawyer can investigate your case to help identify the liable parties.
Birth injuries occur when doctors and other medical professionals fail to perform their jobs properly during the labor and delivery process. These types of injuries are devastating because they can cause disability and health challenges that affect children and their families for the rest of their lives. Whether a baby is suffering from cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, newborn cephalohematoma, or another type of birth injury, our team can help the child’s family seek rightful compensation.
Contact Our Skilled Medical Malpractice Attorneys at CZ Law Today!
If you have been injured by a negligent healthcare professional, it’s imperative that you contact the law offices of Carpenter & Zuckerman today to discuss your case. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can start building a strong case on your behalf, helping to ensure that you receive the full compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
For more than 25 years, our firm has been handling some of the most challenging medical malpractice and personal injury cases, and we have obtained more than $2 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
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