Modern medicine has become highly specialized. Advances in medical technology often make it increasingly difficult for the average patient to assess a doctor’s recommendations for medicine, treatments and therapy, then evaluate the quality of care they receive.
The medical profession upholds a standard of care that healthcare practitioners are obligated to meet. When doctors, nurses, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals fail to meet industry standards, they are subject to allegations of medical malpractice.What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is an area of personal injury law that covers any injury or harm a patient suffers because a doctor, nurse, psychologist or other medical practitioner failed to perform his duties according to acceptable medical practices.
Medical malpractice occurs when a negligent act or omission by a medical professional results in damage or harm to a patient; and laws governing medical negligence or liability are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured.Need help with a medical malpractice case?
Contact the experienced Law Office of Matt Uhrig today for a free consultation and learn more about your legal rights and options.Liability for medical malpractice can arise from:
- A delay or failure in diagnosing a disease
- A surgical or anesthesia related mishap occurs during an operative procedure
- A doctor’s failure to gain informed consent from a patient for an operation or surgical procedure
- A physician making a correct diagnosis, but failing to properly treat the injury or illness
- An incorrect prescription
- Improper drug prescription for, or surgical insertion of, a medical device or implant
- The doctor, if his actions deviated from generally accepted standards of practice
- The hospital, for problems such as improper care, inadequate training, poor sanitation or dispensing of incorrect medications.
- Local, state or federal agencies that operate hospital facilities
As with all personal injury cases, state law limits the time during which legal action must take place. Lawsuits filed against healthcare providers must be filed within two years of the date that the act causing the injury occurred. Children under 18 must file a medical malpractice action by their 20th birthday.In order to evaluate if you have been a victim of medical negligence, you will need an experienced lawyer particularly skilled in representing medical malpractice cases.
At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our experience enables us to effectively handle medical malpractice claims. Our firm has access to private investigators and medically trained expert witnesses who can assess medical malpractice cases and determine how the hard you suffered was created by the medical professional’s negligence.