Medical Malpractice Overview
Unfortunately in the United States, there are tens of thousands of people who die in hospitals every year due to a lapse in patient protection. That being the case, patient safety has become one of most urgent challenges to the US healthcare system. When people visit a physician, their general expectation is that they will get better; however, this does not always occur. There are times in which surgeries can result in further pain for a patient.
Patients who have suffered injury as a result of a practitioner’s or a hospital’s negligence should be aware that there are medical malpractice laws that can provide compensation for things such as missed diagnoses, lack of treatment, or any other departures from the accepted standard of care for medical professionals. A skilled Evansville medical malpractice lawyer can further advise you with respect to the particulars of your case.
Medical malpractice or medical negligence is the failure of a professional in the medical field to meet the standards of good medical practice in his or her field. More specifically, medical malpractice takes place when a healthcare provider, whether it is a physician, hospital, nurse/nurse practitioner or any other person or entity that is licensed to give medical care or treatment, does an action that ordinary competent physicians would not have done, or neglects to do what a knowledgeable physician would have done, which results in a person’s injury or wrongful death.
It should be noted, however, that doctors are not held personally liable for every claim of medical malpractice. And, claims that are made because of inherent risks of the procedure, excusable mistakes, mere inadvertence, or other acts that do not amount to negligence may not result in a recovery. Yet, if a doctor, for example, knowingly signs a false or misleading certification or signs with reckless disregard for the truth, this can lead to severe criminal, civil and administrative penalties for the doctor.
Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is not an easy area of law for many attorneys. These cases require a considerable amount of knowledge of both the legal and the medical aspects of the case in order to fully investigate and prosecute the claim. Accordingly, medical malpractice claims can be very time-consuming and expensive to pursue. Even if you win your case, your award may be subject to limitations by certain laws that are in place to cap these types of lawsuits. If you need an Evansville medical malpractice lawyer, please call Lane Siesky for a free consultation.