Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease and cancer. Over three billion dollars is spent annually in medical malpractice payouts. If you have suffered injuries as a result of medical negligence, it is essential that you seek legal representation to make certain your rights are protected and the individual at fault is held responsible. Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex. You will need a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to help you establish the legal requirements for a successful medical malpractice claim: the existence of a doctor-patient relationship, negligence by the doctor, injuries caused by the doctor’s negligence, and specific damages resulting from those injuries. At Wendt Goss, P.C., our experienced legal team will work with medical experts to thoroughly investigate your case and determine if you have a claim for medical malpractice. Our skilled attorneys will then negotiate a settlement or take your case to trial to ensure that justice is served and you receive the financial compensation you deserve. A consultation with one of our attorneys is free and you will pay nothing unless there is a successful resolution of your case.
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What causes medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice usually falls into at least one of three categories: avoidable error, accident/adverse event or gross negligence. Like all individuals, healthcare professionals are prone to error. However, they are regulated by certain guidelines that were implemented to prevent these types of errors. Many avoidable medical events are caused by doctors who fail to stick to:
- Standardized diagnostic procedures
- Thorough patient counseling
- Condition-appropriate treatment procedures
- What the evidence indicates over their own opinion
Some medical malpractice cases stem from gross negligence. This describes a complete disregard for professional standards and safety. The resulting injuries are often characterized as “never events” such as surgery performed on the wrong patient or sexual assault on a patient while they are in the care of the healthcare facility.