Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a complicated form of law. Not every mistake made by a healthcare professional or facility is malpractice. Likewise, not every bad medical outcome is a result of negligence. Yet, medical error is the third leading cause of death in America. With this in mind, if you have experienced medical malpractice, an attorney can help.
 
Medical malpractice occurs when medical treatment is below the accepted standard of care. Certainly, healthcare professionals should provide patient care up to a certain standard.
 
You might be wondering exactly what is a ‘standard of care’.  Standard of care is the proper medical treatment accepted by medical experts. In other words, the standard of care is the customary practices of the average physician.
 
Our medical providers are our guides through medical issues. But, medicine is a very complex topic. Sometimes there are mistakes or failures of judgement. Consequently, mistakes lead to very serious injury or death.
 
Indeed, medical malpractice law is in place to ensure patients receive competent care.  In Louisiana, standard of care falls under the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act. The act sets the standards Louisiana healthcare providers have to meet. More Sources: Louisiana Law Review
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Medical Malpractice Law Can Be Complicated

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What is a Medical Malpractice Claim?

 
Medical mistakes can have very permanent consequences. Frequently, they are fatal. But, survivors of medical malpractice usually experience disability. Injuries can range from loss of limb to brain damage. So, they need ongoing care and rehabilitation. To make matters worse, these types of mistakes are expensive to bring to court. Malpractice cases are challenging to prove, and often need a panel of experts. Notably common types of malpractice:
  • Failure to Diagnose / Misdiagnosis – Doctors can fail to diagnose a condition for a long period of time. A doctor may entirely misdiagnose an illness as something else. The most common failure is when a doctor dismisses a patient’s symptoms. A patient can miss out on crucial, even lifesaving treatments. Misdiagnosis can also lead to unnecessary or harmful interventions and treatment.
  • Surgical Mistakes – Accidents can happen during surgery. But, sometimes medical staff are negligent. Medical charts are sometimes misread. Procedures may happen on the wrong part of the body. Surgical equipment left inside the patient’s body. Post surgical care and guidance might be insufficient or improper. So, these situations can lead to infections and injury.
  • Medication or Anesthesia Errors -Medication errors are common. They occur most often during anesthesia. For example, the wrong class of drug prescribed . A nurse may administer the wrong dosage. Medical staff might overlook a serious drug interaction or allergy. In short, medication errors are common, and easy to miss.
 

Why Call Us?

 
Winning financial damages in a medical malpractice case is dependent on a few issues. Specifically, you would have to prove that your doctor’s negligence caused avoidable damage. Damages can be many things. Medical bills are recoverable damages. They should not come out of your pocket. You can receive:
  • The loss of your earnings while injured. 
  • The loss of your earning capacity in the future.
  • You can also receive compensation for the pain and suffering you endured because of negligence.

The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess take pride in our expertise in medical malpractice cases. In fact, we have twenty years of experience and can pull from wealth of knowledge and resources. Perhaps you are struggling with lost wages, medical bills, and pain? If you have suffered from a negligent medical procedure, let us advocate on your behalf.

Medical Malpractice Law Can Be Complicated

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Other medical malpractice claims can include:

If you or you loved one has experienced injuries or death because of medical mistakes call The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess today.