Defining Medical Malpractice
If you believe you are the victim of medical negligence, defining medical malpractice will be the key to understanding if you indeed have a case. Here is some basic information about how to know if you were a victim of medical malpractice.
Defining Medical Malpractice | Duty
Many people want to know what duty is. Your medical providers owe you the responsibility of providing you with care that meets a standard within the community that they practice. When that obligation isn’t met and care is rendered that’s below the standard of care that’s a breach of duty.
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Defining Medical Malpractice | Breach of Duty
Often clients want to know what a breach of duty is. 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.
Defining Medical Malpractice | Causation Aspect of a Case
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 so causation means that the substandard care, the mistake, also results in damages physical and emotional to you as a victim of medical malpractice.
Defining Medical Malpractice | Failure to Diagnose
Many people come to me with questions about the failure to diagnose and what that means. 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.
Defining Medical Malpractice | Surgical Team
Many people have questions about their surgical team. Who is my surgical team? During any surgical procedure you will have anesthesia providers, you’ll have a surgeon and perhaps a surgical assistant then you’ll have potentially two nurses. A circulating nurse who runs what’s called a time out procedure and then a scrub nurse who will hand the surgeon his surgical utensils, the circulating nurse should conduct a time out procedure to make sure that you are having the right procedure to the right body part.
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