How Common is Medical Malpractice?
Patients put their trust and faith in medical professionals to act competently and safely. Medical errors can cause severe injuries and death. Every year, thousands of people die because of preventable medical errors. According to a recent study published in the journal of Public Safety, patients suffer from preventable harms that contribute to their death in numbers that make medical malpractice the third leading cause of death in the country, behind only heart disease and cancer. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to the misdiagnosis, surgical error or other form of medical malpractice, you should seek a free consultation with Portland medical malpractice lawyer Chad Stavley. It is important that you understand your potential claims.
What is medical Malpractice?
There are many different types of medical negligence (malpractice) ranging from misdiagnosis to surgical errors. The law requires physicians to use the skill, care and diligence that an ordinarily careful doctor would use in the same situation. This is called the “standard of care”. Anything less than the standard of care is considered malpractice. Doctors who are specially trained in a field are held to the standard of care for that speciality. For instance, a vascular surgeon must use the skill and care that any ordinarily careful vascular surgeon would use in the same situation. Doctors aren’t required to be perfect, but they are required to be competent and meet the standard of care.
Types of medical Malpractice
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Childbirth injuries
- Anesthesia injuries
What should I do if I suspect medical Malpractice?
If you or a family member were injured or killed and you believe a medical error may have been the cause, you should get a professional opinion. We investigate medical malpractice claims for free so that you know what really happened, and if a medical error is to blame. Call and get a free consultation with medical malpractice attorney Chad Stavley so that you can understand all of your options.