It may be hard to believe, but the third leading cause of death in America is from medical negligence.
Medical negligence occurs when a physician’s conduct falls below the accepted standard of care and an injury results. So what does that mean?
Every medical specialty has a “standard of care” or what a reasonable physician in that same profession would do in that particular circumstance.
If a physician chooses a course of conduct that is unacceptable in the field and it results in harm to the patient, that is considered medical negligence. For example, performing surgery without checking the patient chart to see if the patient is even supposed to be undergoing surgery. Or failing to remove surgical tools from a patient’s body before stitching closed any surgical sites.
Not every ‘mistake’ is medical negligence. There are instances where medical procedures are performed correctly and the result is unintended, or unexpected.
If you or anyone you know was the victim of medical negligence, please contact our office right away so we can help you!