What Is Considered Medical Malpractice?

All medical professionals whether that be doctors, nurses, surgeons, hospice workers, and other trained medical care givers are required to take an oath. This oath dictates the way they are to perform their duties. In other words, all acts they perform are to be performed in the best interest of their patient(s). When a medical professional drastically violates this oath it is called medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is defined as any act or omission of appropriate treatment or care by a medical professional due to negligence that causes serious harm, injury, or death to a patient.

How Do I Know If I'm A Victim of Medical Malpractice?

There are different types of medical malpractice. Surgical errors, birth injuries, misdiagnoses, and prescription drug errors are just a couple of the most common medical malpractice mistakes. In surgical errors the doctor or surgeon might forget to remove tools from the body or operate on the wrong part of the body. In some cases the doctor will even operate on the wrong patient. In birth injuries, the doctor may overlook something in prenatal care or an incident that happens during the birthing process which can lead to severe spinal injuries or even cerebral palsy in the baby. In a medical misdiagnosis the health care provider can fail to diagnose life-threatening injuries and conditions which can have catastrophic outcomes on the patient. For prescription drug errors, doctors can often prescribe the wrong medication or dose and even overlook the interaction of the other prescriptions the patient is taking.    

In each of these cases, the doctors, hospitals, and/or doctors offices all have certain procedures to follow standards of care to uphold. When they fail to follow patient safety rules, it can lead to medical malpractice.

If You Think You Are The Victim Of Medical Malpractice, Call Our Experienced Attorneys Today

Are you at the point where you're looking for a D.C. medical malpractice lawyer because you suspect a medical mistake? We have a rigorous evaluation protocol for our cases because we want to make sure any case we commit to will make a difference in your life.  If you think you have been seriously harmed by the medical industry, give us a call today at 202-393-3320 or click here to schedule a free, no obligation consutlation. You will speak to a real person who cares about what you've been through, is interested in hearing your story, and wants to help.

Remember, hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies know the lawyers who specialize in medical malpractice and those who don't. 

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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