No one should have to worry about becoming injured due to a preventable medical error. We depend on medical professionals to treat us with an adequate standard of care every time we undergo a procedure or seek treatment. However, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional cause unnecessary harm, and you may need help from a Dallas medical negligence attorney. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we have the experience and resources to conduct a full investigation into your case to secure the compensation you need.
When Johns Hopkins researchers stated that preventable medical errors with the third leading cause of death in the United States, many people were surprised. However, medical mistakes have long been underreported as causes of death.
The term “medical negligence” conjures up different meanings depending on who you talk to, but medical negligence is one of the four elements necessary for a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful.
Medical negligence is often defined as an act, or failure to act, by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted medical standard of care. Further complicating the definition is understanding exactly what the “accepted medical standard of care” looks like.
When examining whether or not the medical professional has been negligent in their duties, this will typically be defined as the level and a type of care that a reasonably competent medical professional, with a similar background in the same medical field, would have provided under the circumstances that led to the malpractice. In other words, when determining whether or not a medical practitioner operated below the accepted standard of care, they compare them to other medical professionals with the same backgrounds and in similar situations. This often depends on calling upon medical experts to give testimony in a trial.
Medical negligence can rise to the level of medical malpractice if the medical professional’s negligent care causes injury to the patient. This can include making the patient’s condition worse, causing unreasonable complications, leading to additional medical treatment, and causing injuries that were not present before treatment began.
It is important to note that a medical professional can be negligent, and no medical malpractice has occurred. Often medical professionals realize that mistake has been made and correct the error before a patient is harmed. In order for a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, the negligence actually has to have some sort of detrimental effect on the patient’s condition.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our team is dedicated to investigating these cases so we can obtain compensation on behalf of our clients. This can include: