People rely on modern medicine to manage their chronic illnesses and cure their acute injuries. When they feel under the weather, they put their trust in medical professionals. Unfortunately, instead of healing people, sometimes medical practitioners make mistakes that worsen their patients’ ailments.
If a healthcare practitioner’s mistake caused you or your loved one to suffer losses, you may be entitled to economic compensation for your losses, and our personal injury attorneys are here to help. A skilled Bala Cynwyd medical malpractice lawyer could look into your case and help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice in Bala Cynwyd?
Modern medicine cannot cure every illness or injury. Some people’s conditions are too advanced, some do not respond to the treatment plans available today, while others are just too aggressive. Illnesses and injuries can worsen even while patients are in the course of medical treatment. Some patients become sicker, and some even die. Not every one of those unfortunate medical outcomes constitutes medical malpractice. Malpractice only occurs when a healthcare provider’s mistake in diagnosing or treating directly causes a patient to become worse. Even then, not all of those medical mistakes constitute malpractice.
A medical mistake only rises to the level of actionable malpractice when the doctor’s actions or omissions are below the appropriate standard of care. Medical professionals are supposed to treat their patients in the same manner as others in their field would. Therefore, when determining if a mistake constitutes an actionable medical error, courts may consider whether another medical professional within the same specialty of practice would have made such a mistake when facing similar circumstances.
For example, it would likely be malpractice if a surgeon operated on the wrong leg of a patient. On the other hand, it might not be malpractice if an emergency room trauma surgeon loses their patient in a ten-hour “emergency” surgery.
A seasoned Bala Cynwyd attorney could meet with a patient, review their records, discuss the situation with other medical professionals to see if the mistake amounts to medical malpractice.
Potential Defendants in a Malpractice Case
Doctors are not the only potential defendants in a malpractice claim. Malpractice can occur wherever a patient receives any type of medical care. Commonly, the following medical practitioners make mistakes that can lead to malpractice:
- General practitioners
- Emergency room doctors
- Medical assistants
Healthcare practitioners can make several different types of errors. Malpractice happens when healthcare practitioners make careless mistakes, such as when a physician prescribes the wrong dosage of a medication. Malpractice also occurs when medical providers misdiagnose a patient or carelessly delay in making a critical diagnosis. If a physician fails to make a timely diagnosis of a patient’s treatable disease, that patient could suffer needlessly and even sustain fatal injuries. Medical errors also happen when a doctor fails to treat a patient accurately and promptly, even if they have the correct diagnosis.
Our dedicated attorneys in Bala Cynwyd have extensive experience investigating medical malpractice claims involving many different types of healthcare professionals. We could work diligently to get a claimant the relief they need.
Reach Out for Assistance from a Bala Cynwyd Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you suspect that you are suffering from the consequences of a mistake made by a healthcare provider, reach out to a Bala Cynwyd medical malpractice lawyer. Our experienced team of malpractice attorneys could guide you through the legal process as you work toward a satisfactory outcome. In fact, one of our malpractice attorneys is also a medical doctor and another one is also a nurse. Make an appointment with one of our caring legal representatives today.