Medical professionals have a duty of care, both to provide preventative care and not to cause you harm when administering medical services. If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of an error or negligence at some stage of the chain of care, then you may be owed compensation for losses related to medical malpractice. You can speak with a Spring Hill medical malpractice lawyer, who may help you determine whether you would like to initiate a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Call The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation about how we may seek compensation for you after an instance of medical malpractice.
What Qualifies as Medical Malpractice
Any action or failure to act by a medical professional that violates their duty of care to you as a patient could qualify as medical malpractice. The Legal Information Institute’s (LII) definition of duty of care dictates that a medical professional “must act in the same manner as a reasonably prudent person in their position would”.
The education and experience required to deal with patients’ health may mean that the average person does not know how a medical professional should conduct themselves. With this in mind, medical professionals may need to act as other reasonably prudent medical professionals in their position would in order to uphold their duty of care.
Determining whether a medical professional violated their duty of care to you or a loved one is a highly personal matter. There are general circumstances that may qualify as medical malpractice. Some of those errors may come in the diagnostic stage, and may include:
- Failing to diagnose a condition
- Misdiagnosing a condition
- Ordering unnecessary surgical procedures based on a misdiagnosis
- Prescribing unnecessary or dangerous medications based on a misdiagnosis
- Failing to interpret test results accurately
- Failing to order tests, scans, or other measures that could have provided a clearer diagnosis
Other instances of medical malpractice may occur as a result of a harmful error. These could include:
- Causing injury of a patient that is beyond the normal scope of a procedure
- Causing the death of a patient
- Using unsterilized medical tools, which could lead to infection
- Failing to monitor a patient’s vital signs
- Failing to administer anesthesia properly
- Leaving foreign objects in a patient
You or a loved one may have been the victim of subpar medical care after a procedure. Whether you developed an infection, experienced abnormal pain or other symptoms as the result of a medical professional’s actions, or had to undergo a procedure to correct new health issues caused by a medical professional, you may be entitled to compensation.
These are only a few of the instances that may call for a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you have endured other circumstances that you believe may warrant legal action against a medical professional (and possibly other parties), then you may speak with a Spring Hill medical malpractice lawyer for more details today. Call The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation.
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A Lawyer May Be Able to Complete Your Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
A lawyer may be able to handle the legal aspects of your medical malpractice lawsuit and may rely on all necessary experts to fully understand the medical aspects of your case. A lawyer may have prior experience with instances of medical malpractice and may know what it takes to complete a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Some of the steps that a lawyer may take when advancing your lawsuit are:
- Assessing the facts of your case
- Speaking with experts in the field of medical liability to determine who is at fault for your losses
- Calculating your losses to date
- Projecting your future losses
- Filing your lawsuit
- Gathering and organizing evidence related to your lawsuit
- Speaking with any relevant witnesses
- Documenting the injuries and losses you have suffered because of a medical error or other forms of medical negligence
- Seeking a fair settlement
- Completing a trial if it is necessary
Liability for an instance of medical malpractice may be assessed on a case-by-case basis. A specific medical professional may be primarily or solely responsible for the losses you have suffered. However, additional parties such as a medical facility could also have liability for your losses.
Whoever those defendants in your lawsuit are, a Spring Hill medical malpractice lawyer may aim to make the case that they violated your reasonable expectations when it comes to standards of care.
Making the Case for Medical Negligence
A medical malpractice lawsuit may have unique considerations that are not required in other personal injury cases. For example, the American Bar Association (ABA) explains that expert testimony may be necessary to prove the presence of malpractice.
These specific considerations aside, your lawyer may follow a general blueprint when aiming to prove that you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice. They may:
- Establish that you and the medical professional(s) in question did, in fact, have a doctor-patient relationship
- Show that the defendant owed you a duty of care
- Prove that the defendant breached their duty of care to you in some way
- Show that the breach of duty of care has caused you to suffer losses
If your lawyer is successful in handling your case, then you may be entitled to various forms of coverage for your losses. Covered losses may include:
- The cost of medical care that was deemed negligent
- The cost of medical care required to remedy the effects of negligent care
- Income you have lost because of the effects of negligent care
- Pain and suffering that resulted from medical malpractice
- The cost of losing a loved one
You may be entitled to additional losses, and your lawyer may seek compensation for all damages caused by medical malpractice.
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Medical negligence can cause substantial harm, and a Spring Hill medical malpractice lawyer may be able to fight for the compensation you deserve because of medical malpractice. Call The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 to learn more about how we may assist you.