4 Medical Malpractice Terms You Should Know

4 Medical Malpractice Terms You Should KnowHave you or a loved one suffered from the negligence of a doctor or healthcare professional? Here are 4 medical malpractice terms you should know:

1. Breach of Duty

What that means is that in the context of medical malpractice that your doctors owe you the responsibility of providing you care that meets the standard within the community under the same and similar circumstances of your medical condition. If that care isn’t given then that’s a breach of that responsibility.

2. Causation

Many people want to know what the causation aspect of a case is. You have to have not only substandard care but that substandard care in and of itself doesn’t cause damages. Causation means that the substandard care, the mistake, also results in damages physical and emotional to you as a victim of medical malpractice.

3. Coumadin

Coumadin or Warfarin is an anticoagulant. It keeps your blood from clotting and there are many reasons for a patient to receive Coumadin. For example, if you have an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation blood can pool in the upper chamber of the heart and cause a clot so you may need to be on Coumadin. There are also patients who have artificial or mechanical heart valves, those valves can cause clots to form so you should be on Coumadin. Coumadin if prescribed should be closely monitored while you’re ramping up to a therapeutic level and maintaining that therapeutic level.
If your provider does not monitor your Coumadin level and you suffer an injury as a result of either your blood being too thin and bleeding or form a clot, then you should contact someone to evaluate your potential claim.

4. Failure to Diagnose

When you have a medical condition you present with certain physical signs and traits as well as complaints of symptoms. When enough signs are present and accompanied by a clinical presentation of symptoms then a physician is obligated to recognize those signs and symptoms and diagnose your condition. When that doesn’t happen and it leads to physical damages or worsening of the condition that failure to diagnose is actionable.

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It is important to know and understand these 4 medical malpractice terms. If you have been injured or have questions regarding medical malpractice terms, contact our experienced Tampa Medical Malpractice Lawyers.

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