When a health care provider neglects to provide you or one of your dependents with proper health care, you may wonder whether or not you should sue for medical malpractice. What exactly is medical malpractice? Medical malpractice is the act of negligence by a doctor, healthcare specialist or surgeon while treating a patient. It focuses on any breach of conduct that is recognized by other co-workers in the same field. Typical cases or examples may include excessive dose of a harmful medicine which may result in a side effect, the wrong removal of an organ, or forgetting to remove a surgical tool while closing the surgery or procedure. All of these cases can be fatal and, as a result, the doctor responsible needs to pay for his/her mistake.
Sufferers of medical malpractice are not only the people who are affected physically, but also people who have to pay huge insurance premiums. Insurance rates are on the rise due to insurance companies being forced to cover huge settlements from medical malpractice cases. With the increasing awareness of medical malpractice, more and more people are seeking compensation for medical negligence. Doctors are starting to recognize the effects of committing negligent acts on patients because they are being held responsible for those actions. It is certainly in the hands of these medical professionals to reduce the serious problem of medical malpractice that many patients face. The most important reason for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is to receive the money you need for medical care related to the injury. If the injury is permanent, such as in the case of cerebral palsy or paralysis, the costs can be great and can last a lifetime. The injured person or the caretaker of the injured person may not be able to work for a period of time, and so there may also be a loss of income as well.
Medical Malpractice Insurance
If you are a medical practitioner, you should protect yourself with malpractice insurance. There are several advantages to having your own medical malpractice insurance policy. If a malpractice lawsuit is filed against a doctor and the practice where he or she works, an independent policy is added protection. The insurer will appoint legal representation for the doctor alone; this eliminates any potential conflict of interest that could arise. The lawyer would be working strictly for the doctor, not the doctor’s employer.
How to get help.
Medical practitioners must provide patients with a certain level of care. If that level of care is not kept due to negligence, they must be held responsible. If you have or think you have been the victim of medical malpractice you should immediately seek a medical malpractice attorney for counsel. A medical malpractice attorney will help you prosecute the responsible party if the medical practitioner was negligent while he/she performed a medical treatment, and due to negligence, caused you to experience a medical injury that could have been avoided if proper medical procedures had been followed. In many cases, the sooner you obtain a medical malpractice attorney, the better your chances of getting the results you seek. It is the legal right of everyone to get justice in a criminal or civil case. Please don’t procrastinate when dealing with such a serious issue.
If you or a loved one finds themselves the victim of medical malpractice, please call The Curry Law Group for legal counsel and representation. We service the entire Tampa Bay Area and would like the chance to represent you. Please fill out the form on this page or call our office today.