Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional, such as a nurse, doctor, or healthcare professional, acts in a negligent way that results in the harm of the patient. There is a standard in which the professionals within the medical community must follow. If the care of the healthcare provider fails to meet these standards and damages to the patient occur, the healthcare provider may be liable. If liable, the patient would be able to recover compensation.
Compensation could comprise of both non-economic and economic losses, including:
- Medical expenses
- Emotional and physical pain
- Loss of wages or earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Various other damages such as “loss of enjoyment of life”
Medical negligence can range from administering the wrong drug, misreading test results and failing to properly diagnose or treat the patient.
Some types of medical malpractice include:
- Emergency room errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Failing to intubate or intubate properly
- Administering the wrong drug or dosage
- Use of faulty equipment
- Misreading charts or test results
- Surgical errors
- Failure, delayed, or inaccurate diagnosis
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Postoperative negligence
- OBGYN malpractice
- Cosmetic surgery errors
- Psychiatric malpractice
- Dental malpractice
If the medical professional fails to act with the customary duty of care, which results in a serious injury then a negligence may be pursued. The attorneys at De La Heria Law are experienced and have dealt with many medical malpractice cases. We can help you through this process by determining a valid claim and pursing legal action. Every case is different and we seek to make the legal process understandable and smooth our clients.
If you or someone you love has experienced medical malpractice, please contact us (305) 858-2808 for a free consultation.