Lancaster Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to properly treat a medical condition and the negligent act or omission is the cause of a new or aggravated injury to the patient. Obviously the provider cannot be responsible for the original underlying medical problem, but they are responsible for any injuries or worsened conditions due to their negligence. Such errors are often avoidable and result from medical professionals who are inadequately trained or who are simply too busy to be thorough. The determination of whether a duty of care is met depends upon the standard of care for that professional or facility in their community. It is important to remember that a medical professional does not have an implied duty to cure or even to guarantee a good outcome from treatment. Malpractice does not occur every time a treatment does not work. Rather the duty is to provide good medical care according to accepted standards in the community, or, for a specialist, acceptable standards in that medical specialty.
Medical malpractice can occur in many different ways as there are many mistakes that can be made by a medical professional. A physician can make the correct diagnosis but fail to properly treat the disease or fail to inform the patient of available treatment. There can be a misuse of prescription drugs or medical devices, errors in prenatal diagnostic testing, or failure to administer appropriate emergency room treatment. The most common cases of medical error brought against doctors are:
- Delay or failure in diagnosing a disease
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Surgical error or anesthesia related mishap
- Birth injury
A doctor has an implied duty to you to use care and diligence in diagnosing your injury so the proper treatment can be administered. They should ask about medical history, a description of symptoms and they should perform a thorough examination.
Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact our experienced Lancaster medical malpractice lawyers for a free evaluation. We have over 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims. We will help you as you go through this difficult time. Call us today at 717-397-3200 or fill out our online contact form.Medical Malpractice FAQs