“Medical malpractice” is a legal term for negligent behavior by a health care provider, in the course of diagnosing or treating a patient, which causes injury to that patient. However, the mere fact that a patient was harmed by the actions of a doctor, nurse, chiropractor, or other health care provider is not enough to prove that the provider was negligent. In order to prove medical malpractice, the injured party must show that the health care provider’s actions deviated from the accepted standards of the provider’s professional community.
Some cases of malpractice are particularly egregious: for example, surgeons occasionally leave a foreign object inside a patient’s body after a surgery, or amputate the wrong limb. Most cases, however, are less obvious, and require the use of expert testimony to detail the standards of care used in a particular field, and explain why a particular medical provider’s actions deviated from those standards. Expert testimony might also be required to prove that the health care provider’s negligent action (or inaction) was the cause of the patient’s injuries.
At Ronai & Ronai LLP, our experienced attorneys have more than a decade of experience in representing people injured by medical malpractice. We stand ready to bring together a team of medical experts, support staff, and effective advocates to build the strongest case possible for our clients.
Types of negligence that can harm a patient include
- Failure to diagnose an illness or condition
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Errors related to pregnancy and childbirth
- Errors in prescribing or dispensing prescription drugs.
If you have been injured by the negligence of a medical provider, you may pursue compensation for the resulting medical bills, your pain and suffering, wages or earning ability lost as a result of the injury, and more. In addition to a claim of medical malpractice, you may also be able to raise related claims, such as a claim of negligent training or supervision, or of failure to obtain informed consent—as required by law—prior to certain medical procedures.
If you entrust the law firm of Ronai & Ronai LLP with your representation, we will work tirelessly to reach the best outcome for your situation, promptly and efficiently.
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