What Constitutes Medical Negligence And What You Can Do About It

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, negligence is the failure to take the actions that a reasonable person would be expected to take in any given situation. This means any time a medical practitioner fails to provide the care that is expected in a certain case, and as a result injury or death of the patient occurs, it is grounds for medical negligence. Below is just some information about what constitutes negligence by a medical professional offered by the experienced personal injury lawyers at Maloney-Lyons.

Because you entrust medical professionals with your life when you submit to their care, they are held to a high standard. In addition to doctors, nurses, physical therapists, medical technicians, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, and any other medical staff member whose care you are under can commit medical negligence. Some medical malpractice cases involve the following:

  • Birth injuries
  • Failure to make a diagnosis/misdiagnosis
  • Medical and surgical errors
  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Nursing home abuse/neglect
  • Hospital neglect/negligence

There are many more cases that fall under medical malpractice or negligence, and if you think you may have a case, the best way to find out is to call a malpractice attorney. In a medical negligence case there are four things that you need to be able to demonstrate to a judge or jury in order to prove your case.

  1. What was the duty owed by the medical practitioner to the patient?
  2. Was there a breach of duty?
  3. Did the breach of duty result in patient injury or death?
  4. Did the injury cause lasting damage?

If you can answer these four questions affirmatively then you may have a case for medical negligence and it is time to give your local law firm a call. Remember, you as a patient and a victim have rights, and a malpractice attorney can help you understand and act upon those rights. Call (800) 809-3669 today for a FREE consultation regarding your potential medical negligence case with an experienced, aggressive medical malpractice attorney at Maloney-Lyons.