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Medical Malpractice

When you have sought medical treatment at any of Mesquite’s medical facilities, you most likely assumed that your medical treatment was going to improve your health in some way. Although medical malpractice may not occur frequently, it does happen and when it does, the injuries and damages can be serious and severe. Proving medical malpractice can be difficult, but an expert medical malpractice attorney understands the medical field and works with the best medical experts in order to prove a medical malpractice case.

Proving medical malpractice

In order to prove medical malpractice, there are four elements that must be satisfied.

  • It must be shown that a doctor-patient relationship was established which then shows that the medical professional owed a duty of care to the patient. In many cases this is not difficult to prove because a medical appointment with the doctor or other medical professional can be enough.
  • Once the relationship is established, it must be proven that the medical professional was negligent. Negligence can be proved by showing that the medical professional’s care deviated from the level and type of care that other medical professionals with the same education and practice area would have exercised.
  • Next it must be shown that the medical negligence was the cause of the patient’s injuries.
  • And finally, it must be shown that the plaintiff sustained actual, quantifiable damages related to the injury such as lost wages and medical bills.

Three medical malpractice categories

  • Proper Consent – Medical malpractice can occur when a doctor does not get the patient’s required informed consent prior to a procedure. Consent does not mean that a patient just needs to sign a form agreeing to a procedure. “Informed” means that the patient must be made aware of the risks of the procedure and any alternative procedures available.
  • Diagnosis – Failure to diagnose means that the medical professional failed to diagnose the patient’s condition at all. Delayed diagnosis means that a medical professional should have diagnosed the condition before he or she actually did and the patient was injured as a result of not being diagnosed when he or she should have been. Incorrect diagnosis means that the medical professional diagnosed the patient with something he or she did not actually have.
  • Treatment – Failure to treat means that the medical professional did not treat the patient’s condition which lead to the patient’s injury. Improper treatment for the condition includes medication, surgical, and anesthesia errors.

It is important to remember that errors in treatment, diagnosis, and consent do not always amount to medical malpractice. Medical professionals can and do make errors in their practice, but it is not medical malpractice unless negligence results in an injury causing error.

Contact Mesquite medical malpractice attorney, Dorothy Hyde, to prove your case and secure the recovery you and your family deserve. Our medical malpractice team will conduct a thorough investigation to ascertain what happened by reviewing medical records, interviewing witnesses, and hiring medical experts. We will handle insurance company negotiations and evaluate your injuries and damages to determine the financial amount that will make you whole again.

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