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Medical Malpractice  

Medical malpractice is a tragic act that can potentially lead to lifelong injuries, debilitating illnesses or death.

Sadly, it occurs with regularity and is usually preventable. Although nothing can turn back the hands of time, medical malpractice laws allow victims to seek compensation for their losses so that they can weather a sometimes uncertain future.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider treats a patient in a way that violates accepted and clear standards of treatment. The violation may occur during direct treatment of a sickness or injury or as a failure to treat or diagnose those conditions.

The most common forms of medical malpractice include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Failure to treat
  • Childbirth injuries
  • Medication errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Laboratory and testing errors
  • Defective medical devices and equipment

Malpractice can also occur when there is poor supervision of health care employees.

Tragically, the results of medical malpractice are often serious and may lead to:

  • The development of a disease
  • The exacerbation of an existing disease or condition
  • The loss of a limb or other body part
  • Delayed child development
  • Paralysis

Medical malpractice can also lead to significant mental and emotional injuries, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression.

Justice for Medical Malpractice Cases

Justice for medical malpractice begins with contacting an experienced medical malpractice attorney to review the facts of your case. With the aid of qualified medical experts, the attorney will search for the likely causes of those injuries.

Depending on the circumstances, the following professionals may be responsible for the malpractice:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Laboratory and testing technicians
  • Midwives
  • Doulas
  • Pharmacists

In some cases, employers of negligent health care professionals or the facilities where they practice may also be held liable under the doctrine of vicarious liability.

Damages

Pursuing a medical malpractice claim makes certain types of damages available to victims, including economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are awarded to compensate for specific monetary losses:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Expenses related to hiring home care workers

Noneconomic damages are meant to cover nonmonetary losses, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement and scarring

When medical malpractice involves gross negligence or willful or malicious behavior, the victim may also be eligible to receive exemplary damages. Also called “punitive damages,” this type of compensation is intended to punish the defendant for bad behavior and to deter similar behavior from occurring in the future.

If you have been harmed by a trusted medical professional, you deserve to have someone on your side to help you fight for justice. The attorneys at DLL Law represent victims of medical malpractice. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.

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