Medical negligence or “medical malpractice” occurs when a physician or healthcare provider either fails to do something that should have been done or does something that should not have been done with a resulting injury or death. Doctors and other healthcare providers must follow certain standards when caring for patients. While a simple mistake is not enough to constitute negligence, a death or injury caused by the failure to meet minimum standards of care or the failure to diagnose an easily detectable illness may be malpractice.
Negligence by a medical professional could include an error in a diagnosis, treatment, or illness management. If such negligence results in injury to a patient, a case could arise against the doctor if his or her actions deviated from generally accepted standards of practice; against the hospital for improper care, such as problems with medications, sanitation or nursing care; or against local, state or federal agencies that operate hospital facilities.
A medical practitioner may also be legally liable if a patient does not give “informed consent” to a medical procedure that results in harm to the patient, even if the procedure is performed properly.
Our firm aggressively investigates and pursues claims for catastrophic injuries and death arising out of:
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Birth Trauma
- Inappropriate or Negligently Performed Surgery
- Inappropriate or Dangerous Treatment Practices
- Pharmaceutical Injuries and Prescription Drug Errors
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Malpractice or Negligence
Our attorneys are experienced in determining whether or not malpractice has occurred where someone is injured as a result of the misconduct of individuals in the healthcare field. If you or a family member has suffered harm at the hands of a medical provider, then you should speak with the Medical Malpractice lawyers at Carter & Putnam who consistently provide excellent legal advice and representation in this area of law. Please call our office at 816.246.8881 for a free consultation.