Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and all other medical professionals are not infallible. These people often make mistakes, and these mistakes can have a damaging effect on patients.
However, medical professionals are held to a higher standard. When they deviate from this professional standard, Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. is here to hold responsible parties accountable for their injurious actions.
Medical professionals, whether doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, or other professionals, are responsible for the proper treatment and care provided to their patients. When treating patients, doctors have a duty to possess and apply the knowledge and use the skill and care ordinarily used by reasonably well-qualified doctors or medical providers practicing under similar circumstances. When they deviate from the reasonable standard of care and a patient is harmed, the medical professional could be considered negligent and may be liable for the harm caused as a result of their misconduct.
There are many different types of negligence that can occur in a health care setting. A pharmacist might misread a prescription and give a patient the wrong medication. Negligence can also occur during medical procedures. You often hear about doctors leaving behind surgical instruments or performing surgery on the wrong body part. Errors in diagnosing are another type of negligence, and these errors cause harm by delaying treatment.
Medical Negligence cases may be difficult to prove or to do so successfully. Documentation of what actually occurred may not be readily apparent from the patient’s medical record depending on how the doctor, nurse, or medical professional documented the interaction with the patient. In addition, there is the burden to prove that the patient would have had a different outcome had the medical professional acted without negligence.
Finally, hospitals and doctors have gone to great lengths to try to put in place legal protections in order to limit the ability for patients to bring medical malpractice claims and to recover the damages they suffered. Often times there are limitations on how long a patient has to file a lawsuit as well as limitations on the amount of money that a patient can obtain from a medical negligence claim.
Experienced legal counsel can review the details of your case to determine where and how wrongdoing occurred. A legal team skilled in medical negligence and malpractice will also call expert witnesses with high-level medical knowledge to testify on your behalf.