Medical professionals are people like anyone else and so it is inevitable that they will make mistakes at some point. If doctors were held accountable for any little error they made, they would live in fear of legal action and may be reluctant to treat certain patients as needed. For this reason, patients do not have the right to bring a medical malpractice claim for every mistake that their doctors make.
Instead, medical malpractice is determined based on standards for medical care in the United States. Each medical professional is expected to act as a similarly trained and reasonable medical professional would act when faced with the same situation. This means that if you visit an eye doctor for a problem with your heart, they would not be expected to act with the same skill as a cardiologist. When a cardiologist is presented with a possible heart problem, however, they are in fact expected to perform the same tests and take the same steps for diagnosis and treatment as another cardiologist would do.
It is when the cardiologist (or another doctor) fails to act in accordance with medical standards that medical malpractice claims may be an option. However, a patient must also suffer harm to have a valid claim. For instance, if the same cardiologist failed to make a diagnosis at the first appointment but then discovered a problem at a later appointment, they may not be held liable if the patient suffered no complications or worsening of a condition in the meantime. However, if a diagnosis was missed and the patient suffered an otherwise preventable heart attack as a result, it would constitute medical malpractice and the patient would have rights to financial recovery.
Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical provider to meet the standard of care in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. According to a 2004 study of 37 million patient records, an average of 195,000 people in the United States died due to potentially preventable, in-hospital medical errors between 2000 and 2002.
Doctors aren’t the only one’s who can fail when giving a patient care. Medical negligence can be committed by:
There is never a guarantee of a cure or a positive outcome during treatment but providers are expected to meet the standards of peers in the medical community. Medical malpractice centers on whether or not the provider failed to meet standard medical care. Abuse or neglect of patients in psychiatric in-patient care, assisted living or nursing homes also is a malpractice concern.
The numbers show it is only a few health care providers that provide care where injury occurs. Yet, those few are the reason for the skyrocketing medical and insurance costs across the United States.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but losing one to the hands of another turns grief into trauma. Sometimes simple questions are shut down or the medical staff claim what you remember is out of order. They are working to protect themselves and their jobs.
Medical malpractice focuses on medical providers who failed to adequately care for patients according to the standards set for their industry. This can include:
There are many different forms of medical malpractice involving different medical professionals. The following are some examples of common types of medical malpractice:
The above are only some of the many ways that a doctor or another medical professional can make serious errors and cause significant injury and losses for patients. If you believe that your doctor made a negligent error, please call Frank 843-300-7600
Because of the healthcare situation in the United States, emergency room use is rising. However, the number of emergency departments across the U.S. is falling, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This development has led to medical professionals working harder and with more patients. It makes for a situation in which mistakes can be made. However, the circumstances do not change the obligations medical professionals have to avoid mistakes when they treat patients.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of an emergency room error, you have rights under the law against the defendant. To learn how the Charleston emergency room error medical malpractice lawyer at The Hartman Law Firm, LLC can help you, call us today toll free or contact Frank online. We represent clients throughout Charleston and across South Carolina. We can provide a free, no-obligation initial consultation.
There are approximately 136.1 million emergency room visits in the U.S. every year. That statistic means for every 100 people there are 45 visits to an ER in any given year. Meanwhile, with the recent changes to health care in the United States, it is likely the volume of people seeking treatment at the ER is going to continue increasing.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal, 37 to 55 percent of emergency room negligence cases arise from diagnostic errors.
Other frequent ER errors include:
The hurried environment of an emergency room does not allow doctors and other medical staff to fail to diagnose, delay diagnosis, fail to order or properly read relevant tests, provide inadequate staffing, or fail to follow dictated guidelines intended to protect patients. Such emergency room errors may constitute medical negligence or medical malpractice if a patient is harmed.
An emergency room error attorney with experience in medical malpractice claims can help evaluate the circumstances of your or your loved one’s injury. A lawyer will work with medical experts to evaluate whether healthcare standards were met and advise you of your legal options.
If you have concerns about the care you or a loved one has received in a hospital emergency room, contact your Charleston emergency room error lawyer at The Hartman Law Firm, LLC today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us today at 843-300-7600 or fill out our online form.
Frank Hartman represents emergency room negligence victims throughout Charleston and across South Carolina. There are statutes of limitation that limit the time in which you can bring a claim. So, don’t delay. Get help now.
Medical malpractice claims are highly technical and proving that a mistake rose to the level of medical negligence and breached the required standard of care can be challenging. These cases require the analysis and opinions of medical experts who can testify to the fact that a doctor strayed from the expected medical standards in a particular situation. A law firm that regularly represents clients in medical malpractice cases will have access to a network of experts and the resources to retain these experts on your behalf.
Resources and experts are only some of the ways that an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can assist you after an injury caused by your doctor. The following are some additional ways our firm can be of assistance:
A medical malpractice attorney will help you for no cost upfront and you will not have to pay out of pocket for the expenses of your case. Only if you are able to successfully obtain a settlement or award will the Hartman Law Firm, LLC collect fees from you. For this reason, you have nothing to lose by discussing a possible medical malpractice claim with our experienced attorney.
Medical malpractice claims can provide much-needed compensation for injured patients who have suffered serious injuries. Unfortunately, there is only a limited amount of time for victims of medical malpractice to file their claims under South Carolina law. In addition, these cases take time and resources to investigate and prepare and a persuasive petition cannot be drafted overnight. Therefore, you should never wait too long to call an attorney once you suspect you have been unnecessarily injured by your doctor.
Frank has represented many injured clients and knows how to take on doctors and their insurance companies in court. He will fight for your rights to the financial recovery you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and other losses you incurred due to a doctor’s negligence. You can trust our firm to provide qualified representation throughout the legal process, so please contact our office to schedule your free consultation as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt because of medical malpractice, call and get a consultation right away. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you determine if you have a claim, and what it may be worth.
Frank offers a Free Case Evaluation and Consultation. He will visit with you at your convenience at your home or hospital bed to evaluate your matter. This is done on a case by case basis.