There is perhaps no industry quite as trusted as the medical industry. Patients put their trust and their health in the hands of medical professionals every day with the expectation that they will do their best to ensure the right treatment is administered and the right diagnosis made. The advice to listen to physicians and follow their orders is often repeated among friends and family alike, and it comes from a good place – we all just want our loved ones to be healthy and happy, and who better to make that happen than healthcare experts?
Unfortunately, not every medical professional is up to the task of accurate diagnoses and proper treatment. This maybe shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that doctors are, in fact, human and are prone to errors like everyone else, however the stakes in question are much higher than everyday issues. If a teacher makes an error while grading a test, no one is going to die as a result, in other words. But if a medical professional makes a mistake at any point during the treatment process, someone could very well lose their life. That’s why it’s important to understand the concept of medical malpractice and how an attorney experienced with medical malpractice law in Pennsylvania can help you.
What exactly is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional fails to properly treat their patients. This can occur in a wide variety of ways and encompasses many different situations. The sad reality is that not every provider has the expertise needed to provide patients with an impeccable standard of care. When the treatment (or lack thereof) a patient receives deviates from the accepted standards of care for their particular diagnosis or symptoms, then, patients might have a case for medical malpractice.
There are a few different types of common medical malpractice incidents. They generally stem from the failure to treat a patient properly, the failure to accurately diagnose a patient, or the failure to complete a surgery successfully. Some of the more prevalent types of medical malpractice are:
- Birth Injuries
- Defective Medical Products
- Delayed/Missed Cancer Diagnoses
- Delayed/Missed Diagnoses
- Emergency Room Mistakes and Delays
- Errors Involving Anesthesia
- Errors Involving Patients’ Allergies
- Fertility Procedures
- Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Hospital Infection
- Medication Error
- Tubing Mishap
- Wrong-Site Surgery
It’s possible that you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice but aren’t entirely sure if that’s the case. As you can see above, there is an incredible variety to medical malpractice cases and causes. Some of the most commonly ignored medical malpractice cases include birth injuries. When a baby is injured during the birthing process, many medical professionals will say that the situation is a “normal” one and that there wasn’t any fault to assign. That’s not always the case, however, and just because a situation is presented as normal doesn’t mean it should be taken as such.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of improper medical care, you need an attorney on your side who understands medical malpractice. It’s a particularly complex area of the law that often requires a lawyer’s full attention. Attorney James H. Bonner, Esquire, is familiar with medical malpractice law and understands the signs that the injury in question was caused by a medical professional. Not every injury that is a result of medical care counts as a medical malpractice case, but many of them do – and Mr. Bonner can help determine where your case falls.
For more information about medical malpractice and what the recovery process might look like, don’t hesitate to reach out to attorney James H. Bonner, Esquire, today! He is ready to hear your story and get started on building your case.
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