Did you know that medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the United States? According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), professional negligence comes in third (right behind cancer and heart disease) as one of the most common causes of death here in the states.
Medical malpractice is when a healthcare professional, whether it is a doctor, nurse, or even a technician, performs (or doesn’t perform) in a way that causes injury to the patient. The failure to perform a certain way, or an “omission,” is commonly referred to as medical negligence.
Within the world of medicine, there is a standard of care which is the method of practice that is generally accepted by all medical professionals. Standard of care means that all doctors, nurses, and technicians should treat and care for patients under similar circumstances.
In order to have a proper claim for medical malpractice, you must be able to prove that the doctor’s negligence is what caused you more damage or pain, and that the injury led to specific damages. Just because you are unhappy with your doctor does not mean you can file a case.
If you or a loved one has suffered from medical malpractice, or if you have questions regarding medical malpractice or negligence, call Schenk and Podolsky right away.