Medical malpractice is a legal offense by a health care provider or a professional who deviated from the standard of care in the process of treating the patient, causing further harm and injury–or even death. In most cases, medical malpractice involves errors in diagnosis, medication dosage, treatment, and others. These may stem either from acts of omission or negligence.
Demetrius Cheeks of Forbes provides details what one should do to determine whether one is a victim of medical negligence:
Fact: According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer.
In 2012, over $3 billion was spent in medical malpractice payouts, averaging one payout every 43 minutes.
But there are things that you can do to avoid becoming an unfortunate part of these statistics—to be your best health-care advocate.
A malpractice claim can be made if a provider’s negligence causes damages and injury to a patient. Nearly 200,000 patients in the U.S. each year meet their deaths due to medical errors. If you fear you or a loved one is a victim of, say, plastic surgery errors in procedures like eyelid surgery, face lift, or liposuction, do not hesitate to seek help from a medical malpractice attorney in NYC.
Medical malpractice attorneys in NYC usually take the case on after it has been reviewed by an expert in the field. The case details would then be reviewed by the attorney; the review includes conducting investigations, interviews with both the involved parties and acquiring the medical records.
All the same, doctors, hospitals and health care providers are not immediately liable for all the injuries a patient might be suffering from. They can only be held accountable if the patient sustained injury resulted from the professionals’ actions that deviate from the standard quality of care. A patient can make their case for a medical malpractice suit if the situation fits these descriptions:
- Standard care is violated and negligence is evident
- Injury and damages were sustained after treatment, surgery or medication
- The patient did not give informed consent to a procedure that resulted into damaging consequences
For other cases that do not fit the descriptions above, you can always consult a medical malpractice lawyer to shed some light upon your dilemma.
(Source: 10 Things You Want To Know About Medical Malpractice, Forbes)