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We go to medical professionals when we are most vulnerable. We seek their expert care and advice to diagnosis, treat and cure medical issues we experience. However, medical professionals are human and they make mistakes. These mistakes can often times have serious consequences.
“Medical Malpractice” is a term used to describe the negligence, or mistake, of a medical professional such as a doctor, nurse or dentist. There is a prevailing standard of care that medical professionals are expected to (comply with). When a medical professional makes a mistake and causes a severe injury to the patient, their actions may fail to meet that standard of care that is expected. In cases such as this, the patient may have a claim against the doctor or nurse.
Although medical malpractice cases are founded on negligence, they are different than other negligence cases. The most striking difference is the pre-suit requirements. If you are involved in a car accident, you can walk into the courthouse and file suit against the negligent driver the next day. However, with medical negligence actions, there are stringent pre-suit requirements with which you must comply. Most notably, medical malpractice claims require that another medical professional from the same specialty provide an opinion that what the treating provider did, or did not do, fell below the prevailing standard of care. From there, there are notice requirements with which the injured party must comply. Navigating this process can become costly and burdensome.
The Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Caminez & Yeary strive to help those who have been wrongfully injured by a medical professional’s negligence. Contact us today to schedule a conference during which we can evaluate the case and determine whether you may have an action for medical malpractice.