Medical malpractice, simply put, occurs when your medical provider deviates from the standard of care that was required under the circumstances and that failure causes injury. The standard of care required of a physician means having the same knowledge and skill and using the same care normally used in the medical profession under similar circumstances.
A physician whose conduct falls below this standard of care is negligent. Similarly, a physician who professes to be a specialist in a particular field of medicine must have the same knowledge and skill and use the same care as others in that same medical specialty. A specialist whose conduct does not meet this professional standard of care is negligent.
If a doctor, hospital or other medical provider acts, or fails to act, in a manner that deviates from the required standard of care and causes injury, then that provider may be liable for an injured person's damages. Though the majority of health care providers strive to do good work, mistakes are sometimes made which can adversely affect a person for the rest of his or her life, sometimes even catastrophically.
The injury lawyers at Marsh Schaaf represent individuals and families who have suffered serious injury or the death and loss of a loved one due to medical negligence. We have extensive experience in medical malpractice-related serious injury and wrongful death matters including, but not limited to:
- Birth-related injuries
- Delayed cancer diagnosis
- Emergency Room misdiagnosis and discharge
- Failure to diagnose pulmonary embolism or heart attack
- Surgical errors & unnecessary procedures
- Bowel perforations and peritonitis-related injuries
- Cholecystectomy-related biliary injuries
- Brain, spine and neurological injuries
- Sepsis and infection-related injuries
- Medication error-related injuries
- Wrong or delayed diagnosis or treatment
- Nursing home negligence, abuse, and neglect
For more information on medical malpractice, contact a member of our team today.