Expecting to receive a high standard of care when visiting a doctor or other medical care professional is an understandable expectation. Medical malpractice circumstances can violate the sense of trust patients place in their medical care professionals and the treatment they receive. In addition, medical malpractice can result in physical, financial and emotional damages and other types of harm to victims of medical malpractice and their families.
Because of the serious nature of medical malpractice, legal options are available to help victims of medical malpractice recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. A variety of medical care providers, depending on the circumstances, may be liable to compensate victims for the harm they have suffered including doctors, surgeons, nursing staff, pharmacists, hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes.
There are a variety of different types of medical malpractice that victims may suffer damages as a result of. Victims may suffer medical negligence and medical errors including surgical errors, radiological errors, emergency rooms errors, birth injuries, prescription medication errors, nursing home abuse and neglect and failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis. When a medical error, such as a surgical error, has caused harm, victims may be able to recover damages. In addition, when a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis has resulted in a worsened condition, victims and their families may be able to recover damages.
The harm caused by medical malpractice can be extensive and have a significant impact on victims and their families. As a result, the legal process realizes the need to protect victims by providing legal options, remedies and resources to victims and their families.