Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional acts in a negligent manner or omission of care causing injury to someone under their care. Forms of negligence can be described as an error in diagnosis, treatment, care or health management with the following characteristics:
If it is determined that the standard of care has not been met, then negligence may be established as a violation of acceptable medical treatment.
The patient must also prove he or she sustained an injury that would not have occurred in the absence of negligence and that the injury resulted in significant damages, resulting in disability, loss of income, unusual pain, suffering and hardship, or significant past and future medical bills.
Here are some examples of medical negligence:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Unnecessary surgery
- Surgical errors or wrong site surgery
- Improper medication or dosage
- Poor follow-up or aftercare
- Premature discharge
- Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history
- Failure to order proper testing
- Failure to recognize symptoms
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries due to medical malpractice, please call Attorny Craig F. Miller at 708-422-1121 to schedule a Free Consultation appointment or to find out more information.