Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital or other health care professional provides treatment that falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community. It involves a medical error that cause injury or death. Simply put, medical malpractice is a negligent act. If you’ve incurred an injury due to the negligence of a health care professional or facility, you’ll need an experienced medical malpractice attorney like Jeffrey Damasiewicz. Medical malpractice cases are complex and tough to prove.
The Elements of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
An omission or mistake in medical care can occur any time during medical treatment. For example, a physician may make an error in diagnosing an illness and give the wrong medication for that illness. Another example is the treatment for asthma. The standard of care for asthma varies depending on the patient’s age and other existing medical issues. If you can prove that the doctor didn’t follow the accepted standard of care, that’s the first step in establishing a good medical malpractice claim.
The second step is to prove that the injury is directly related to the negligence. It’s known as causation. It’s the most difficult part of any medical malpractice claim. The rule of thumb is to have at least one medical professional witness to outline how the errors caused the injury. Most often, these expert witnesses are other doctors. These witnesses outline who how the standard of care applies to your case and how the other medical professional breached that standard of care.
Examples of Specific Medical Malpractice Cases
There are a wide range of types of medical malpractice cases. Those include:
- Birth injuries
- Cosmetic Surgery
- Surgical errors
- Nursing home malpractice
- Medication errors
- Psychiatric malpractice
- Failure to diagnose
Without a doubt, medical malpractice cases are diverse. Attorney Jeffrey Damasiewicz has successfully handled many types of medical malpractice cases. He uses his experience to help evaluate the merits of your case, investigate the case, arrange for expert witnesses, work with the insurance companies and develop a strong strategy for negotiating and arguing your case in the courtroom. Let him pursue justice for your injuries.
If you feel that you’ve been harmed due to the negligence of a medical professional, turn for help from the Law Office of Damasiewicz for the best outcome.