What is Medical Malpractice 

Medical Malpractice Attorneys

You expect your doctor, nurse, surgeon, or other professional to approach your care with sensitivity and professionalism. When medical treatment is needed for any condition, we don’t often consider that our lives will be endangered by the care administered. While most healthcare providers do care about their patients, it’s always possible for a doctor to act negligently and put your life at risk due to their careless actions. Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional or provider neglects to provide appropriate treatment. Medical malpractice is not always straightforward, multiple factors may influence how malpractice occurs. A healthcare professional may also provide substandard treatment that can cause harm, injury, or even death to a patient. According to the Medical Malpractice Center, there are between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice suits against doctors every year. 

How Does Medical Malpractice Occur? 

Medical malpractice can occur when a health care professional neglects to provide appropriate treatment or take appropriate action. Furthermore, it can also happen when substandard treatment is given that causes harm, injury, or death to a patient. Factors such as miscommunication, fatigue, or being under the influence of drugs/alcohol can all lead a health care professional to act negligently. When determining if medical malpractice occurred, the suspicious act or omission that has led to an injury will be examined. Then it will be decided whether another doctor in the same circumstances would have conducted themselves in the same way. If there is sufficient evidence demonstrating negligent behavior of a doctor or health care provider, then the patient may be eligible to bring a medical malpractice case. Most medical malpractice cases include: 

  • Misdiagnosis 
  • Failure to treat 
  • Defective medical equipment 
  • Medication errors 
  • Childbirth injuries 

Common Medical Malpractice Errors 

Defining a medical malpractice case is not always straightforward. There are many factors that go into determining whether the case is a valid medical malpractice case. However, there are some common malpractice errors that usually lead to a case being determined as medical malpractice. Some of the most common medical errors include: 

  • Failing to diagnose a life-threatening condition 
  • Failing to monitor a patient’s vital signs 
  • Failing to obtain proper patient consent 
  • Failing to protect the life and well-being  of a baby during birth 

These are only a few examples of what medical malpractice can consist of. There are hundreds of possible examples of malpractice or negligence. If something feels wrong, discuss your matter with one of MLG’s medical malpractice attorneys to see if your case qualifies. 

Providing Compassionate Care Nationwide  

Although medical malpractice cases can be complicated, there’s always hope for your claim with the right representation. That means it’s vital for doctors to be held responsible when they do not apply a reasonable standard of care. Our team at McCune Law Group can take on your case with the right combination of drive and personalized attention. We know that hospitals often have large pockets to protect their interests, but we’re not afraid to take on the challenge of facing a major organization. Crafting a careful strategy to ensure the best possible result, we’ll advocate for your interests in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. 

If you need an attorney to represent you, contact McCune Law Group by completing the form or calling (909) 345-8110 today to learn more about your potential medical malpractice case!


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