Definition: MalpracticeWhen you go to a physician, a hospital, or a nursing facility, you visit them with the assumption that you will receive safe, reliable, and accurate care. A medical malpractice suit may be brought when you have cause to believe you were not given due care, and that improper care caused you harm. If any of these situations match yours, then you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit with the help of a personal injury lawyer:
  • Your physician failed to correctly identify a condition when that knowledge could have saved you from harm. If a doctor fails to diagnose cancer and it’s discovered that you had cancer at the time of checkup, then you may be able to make a medical malpractice case against that doctor.
  • Your healthcare provider failed to treat you appropriately. This may range from prescribing the wrong prescription for an illness to misdiagnosing a condition—diagnosing pneumonia as a case of influenza, for example. All healthcare providers must adhere to a reasonable level of care in treating their patients, as established by industry standards that apply to that specific provider.
  • You were not fully informed of the potential risks involved in a medical procedure, which negates informed consent. If your physician did not inform you that the surgical procedure could result in brain damage or another serious complication, then you were not equipped to give consent. In this instance, your physician may be charged with medical malpractice in the event of a negative outcome to the procedure.

If you are planning to file a medical malpractice suit, then contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in malpractice cases. At Sussman & Simcox, our attorneys focus exclusively on personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, and vehicle accidents. Visit our website or call us at (301) 840-0404 to learn how we can help you with your lawsuit.

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