Medical malpractice is a legal term which is used when a healthcare professional causes injury or harm to a patient during the treatment process. Medical malpractice can even lead to death in extreme cases.
Patients facing health complications because of medical malpractice can file a lawsuit against the healthcare professional and claim financial compensation for their injuries and sufferings.
To understand if one has grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit it is necessary to understand the broad reasons which constitute grounds for medical malpractice.
Three major reasons that are counted under medical malpractice include–
Failing to diagnose a health issue – In this a physician or a healthcare professional fails to diagnose a health issue in a patient, which leads to severe health complication in future that becomes incurable.
Wrong medications – Prescribing wrong medications that lead to serious health complications also constitutes grounds for medical malpractice.
Surgical errors – Committing errors during surgery like operating the wrong body part, operating the wrong patient, leaving surgical equipment in patient’s body, use of unsanitized equipment etc. lead to severe complications. Surgical errors is a key issue in medical malpractice cases.
If someone has faced health issues because of any of the above-mentioned medical malpractice reasons, then they have the right to justice and financial compensation for the injuries suffered.
However, the court decides the compensation amount based on a few factors like level of injuries incurred, medical expenses, or cost of physical therapy, emotional suffering, and lost wages.
Stephanie Ovadia is a personal injury lawyer, who can help you get justice and fair compensation for your suffering. Besides practicing medical malpractice cases, she also provides legal assistance in assault & battery, bicycle accident, bullying, dog bite, car accident, defamation, false arrest cases.
She has been practicing law for the past 30 years. She earned her Law degree from the Southwestern Law School in 1984. Besides practicing law, she also hosts her own radio show, the Stephanie O Show on 103.9 FM, LI News Radio.