When we visit doctors’ offices or hospitals for treatment of any ailments we may have, we expect for the medical staff to be knowledgeable, capable, and attentive. Health care providers have a very high standard of practice to uphold since they handle such delicate matters. When they fail to perform up to this standard, or when they act negligently while on duty, patients may suffer unnecessary injuries.
Determining Medical Negligence
Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether or not you have been a victim of medical negligence. If you believe that your doctor has failed to deliver the expected standard of care, then you may still not have reasonable grounds for a successful malpractice case. A successful case will have the following four elements:
- Duty of care owed by the doctor to you
- Breach of this duty of care
- You were injured as a result of this breach
- Damages were incurred from this injury
By proving that your injury was a result of your physician’s failure to deliver the expected standard of care, you can emerge from a malpractice case successfully.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice may arise in just about any area of the medical field. Some common examples of malpractice include the following:
- Hospital negligence
- Nursing home abuse
- Lack of informed consent
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Surgical errors
- Unreasonable delay in treatment
If you or someone you love has been a victim of medical malpractice, then you may have the right to claim damages from the negligent party at fault.
If you have been injured as the result of medical malpractice, then you may have the right to claim compensation from the physician at fault. Contact the New York City personal injury lawyers of Orlow, Orlow & Orlow, P.C.