Medical Negligence: What to Do If Your Doctor is Weighing Cost of Care Over Quality of Life
While the cost of health care in America seems to be getting higher every day, the quality of care and attention patients receive from medical providers does not seem to be keeping pace. In this managed care world, with PPOs and HMOs, many Americans feel like the quality of their care is taking a back seat to efforts to limit the costs of care by limiting the care itself. Physicians are expected to adhere to established treatment standards, but some doctors are putting the cost of care above providing the required standard of care when treating their patients.
When a physician fails to treat in accordance with proper care standards, and an injury results, it is medical malpractice.
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence (or medical malpractice) occurs when doctors, nurses or other care providers deviate from accepted medical standards. The accepted medical standard is that care, treatment and skill that would be provided and commonly utilized by other providers in the community. If a doctor fails to meet the standard, he or she is negligent. For example, if a doctor performs surgery on the wrong patient or mistakenly amputates the wrong limb of a patient, most of us would be quick to identify the act as medical malpractice.
Many medical malpractice actions are not apparent and it takes skilled attorneys and consultants to decipher the medical records to uncover what went wrong. Doctors are not responsible for a bad result or complication if they followed the proper standards and treatment protocols. They are only responsible if they depart from the accepted standards of medical treatment and practice. Those standards are determined in almost all cases by expert testimony. Compounding matters is that experts often disagree with each other as to the correct standard of care.
While trying to limit medical costs may appear to be a noble cause, a physician who fails to provide the proper standard of care to a patient is committing medical negligence. If the patient suffers an injury as a result, the patient has a legal basis for a medical malpractice claim and can proceed with a lawsuit against the physician. Medical malpractice cases are always difficult cases to win and building evidence to support a successful malpractice claim is a long and difficult process. Litigating a medical malpractice claim is complex and often well-qualified medical experts are essential to a successful outcome. Medical experts can review technical information and explain how the physician failed to provide the appropriate standard of care to the victim of the malpractice. Because of the time and expense involved, only the most serious medical errors often result in lawsuits against medical professionals.
Medical Malpractice Liability & You
If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice and suffered injuries as a result, you should contact the medical malpractice attorney you can trust at the Rossetti and DeVoto law firm. At Rossetti and DeVoto, our expert lawyers can assist you through the entire legal process, getting you full compensation for the damages sustained as a result of the malpractice. This can include payment of all medical and treatment bills, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and compensation for any permanent impairment resulting from the medical malpractice. We have the experience and expertise in getting our clients the large settlements and verdicts they deserve. Contact us today at 844-263-6260.