Medical negligence and malpractice are two things that go hand-in-hand. In other words, when negligence occurs relating to medical care, a person would have legal right to file a malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, other medical professionals involved, and even the facility where the negligence occurred. The legal definition of medical malpractice is when a healthcare provider is negligence by omission or act when caring for someone with below accepted standards for the medical industry.
When talking about medical negligence and malpractice, the result would be the patient being injured or even experiencing death. Keep in mind that this could include doctors, therapists, vision, and even dentist negligence. Although most healthcare professionals provide outstanding medical services to patients, some are negligent and some make mistakes that are not negligent. When something happens because of an accident, it may or may not become a medical negligence and malpractice case.
Because medical professionals understand they are at risk for such lawsuits, they are mandated to carry special insurance. For this, a dentist would secure malpractice insurance, and doctor malpractice insurance, and so on. In fact, even clinics and hospitals will often carry hospital malpractice insurance for protection. To determine the exact type and amount of coverage needed, these professionals would seek out an attorney.
In this case, if a dentist wanted to gain information about insurance, then a dental malpractice attorney would be consulted. With this being such a key part of running a medical practice, the number of dental malpractice lawyers and medical doctor lawyers is astounding. While medical professionals have always had insurance, with the number of lawsuits against doctors and lawsuits for negligence and malpractice on the rise, more and more people going to law school have decided to practice this type of law.
Sometimes, dental malpractice insurance and doctor malpractice insurance is referred to as professional liability coverage. This type of insurance is designed to offset risk, as well as costs associated with lawsuits that would come out of a negligence or malpractice situation. Keep in mind that the term “negligence” could be virtually anything. For instance, this could be the patient not receiving the right surgery or surgery being performed on the wrong part of the body, which happens.
Other areas of lawsuit specific to medical negligence and malpractice would include experimental medication being prescribed to a patient without his or her knowledge or consent and even some type of cosmetic surgery being performed by a surgeon without the proper training and skills. In other words, if a heart surgeon decided to do a facelift, even if that doctor had knowledge, training, and expertise for cosmetic surgery, unless he or she has a license to practice it, a lawsuit for negligence and malpractice would ensue.
Now, for a lawsuit to be approved for trail pertaining to dental negligence, medical negligence, and/or hospital negligence, four elements for a successful outcome must be met. First, it would have to be proved that a duty was owed, which means the medical professional, as well as the facility had a legal duty to perform or provide the type of care being questioned. Second, that duty would need to have been breached, which means the medical professional and/or facility failed to meet the level for standard care.
The third element involved with a medical negligence or malpractice lawsuit would be showing that the breach caused an injury or death. In this case, the breach of duty would need to be a proximate cause for the injury or death. Fourth, damages would need to be proven. The bottom line is that unless damages can be proven, which could be monetary or emotional, the claim or lawsuit would be dropped. With these elements in place, the lawsuit would be accepted. Keep in mind that sometimes to avoid going to trial, medical malpractice insurance companies will opt to pay something to the patient to settle the lawsuit.
By David Austin In the last five years, the number of cases related to nursing malpractice has risen considerably. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, RNs or Registered Nurses are now being held liable for negligence and malpractice. Victims of nursing malpractice have the same rights as anyone affected by medical malpractice and may be entitled to compensation for the effects and impacts of the malpractice. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
By Kum Martin When it comes to medical treatment and medical malpractice, statute of limitations refers to the time when the injury took place or was discovered to the time when the lawsuit against the offending medical practitioner can be filed. So, basically statute of limitations is the time period during which any legal action against an incident can be started. Depending on the nature of the incident and the place, the statute of limitations can vary. In the US, these statutes vary from one state to the next. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
Am I a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
By Jim Zamichieli Doctors, nurses, surgeons, psychiatrists, and dentists are some of the most highly skilled and critical members of our society. However, above all, they are still human and they too are susceptible to making catastrophic mistakes. [READ FULL ARTICLE]
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