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Medical negligence is generally defined as a doctor, hospital, or other medical professional's failure to exercise the expected standard of care for his or her profession in preventing patient injury, illness, or death. When a medical professional commits medical negligence, s/he can be held liable for any damages that the patient suffers. The harmed patient has the right to file a civil legal claim against the negligent practitioner to seek recovery for their losses and suffering.
There are many situations where medical negligence may apply. Again, these are all situations wherein a medical professional fails to act in such a way as to prevent patient harm.
The result of medical negligence can be delayed treatment resulting in patient harm, as in the case of diagnosis failures or medication errors. Medical negligence that occurs with specific procedures like child birth and surgery can result in infections, delayed healing, illness, brain damage, disfigurement, and wrongful death. A medical professional can be held responsible for injuries caused by defective drugs and products when they fail to warn patients of the risks involved or when a product does not meet safety standards. Nursing home abuse is a type of medical negligence that can involve physical, emotional, or psychological neglect of a patient that results in injury, illness, or wrongful death.
According to statistics, at least 80,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical negligence. One study indicated that 35 to 40 percent of all autopsy reports reveal a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose as a likely cause of death. In addition to the wrongful deaths caused by medical negligence, hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer injury and illness each year as a result of medical negligence. Despite these troubling statistics, it is estimated that only one out of every eight victims of medical negligence will seek compensation for their losses through a civil legal claim.
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If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical negligence, you may wish to discover more about your legal rights and options. It is important to keep in mind that every state has a statute of limitations which restricts the time a person has to file a legal claim. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or a wrongful death because of medical negligence, you deserve the best legal help possible. An attorney who has experience handling medical negligence cases can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your losses and suffering. A competent medical negligence attorney will have experience successfully negotiating large settlements with major insurance companies, will be comfortable taking your case to trial, and will build the strongest case possible to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one believe you may have been injured by your healthcare system, contact us today. We are specialized in handling medical malpractice suits and can quickly determine if you should pursue your case.
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