Medical Malpractice Information
According to a recent study conducted by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, as many as 98,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors or medical malpractice. These deaths are often preventable, and as medical malpractice attorneys at Adams Law Firm, we believe that it's the duty of any licensed medical practitioner to provide a certain quality of care. Avoiding medical malpractice should be of critical importance.
That quality of care is a medically recognized standard - a “standard of care,” which in practice means that medical professionals must offer the same level of care that would be expected of a reasonably careful, licensed medical professional in the same situation. Should a doctor fail to meet the standard of care - whether by a specific action, inaction or act of negligence - the result is medical malpractice, and there can be serious, life-changing consequences. Below are some of the many ways medical malpractice can occur:
- Failure to diagnose a disease, such as cancer
- Mistakes during the delivery of a baby
- Failure to offer proper treatment, or conversely, providing improper treatment post diagnosis
- Errors during surgery or anesthesia - including wrong site surgery
- Failure to get the patient’s informed consent for a procedure
Brian Adams offers free legal consultations, and works closely with medical experts to review the circumstances of each particular case in order to determine the best course of action for both the potential client and the firm. At Adams Law Firm we are fierce advocates for our clients; it is our relationships with our clients that drives us to do what we do. Should we ultimately pursue a medical malpractice action, you can rest assured that we will do so with the utmost professionalism and concern for our client's recovery.
Do You Need Legal Representation?
In order to determine medical malpractice, a thorough review of the medical care a patient has received must be made; medical malpractice cases can often be complex, and add additional emotional and financial burdens to an already stressful situation. If you feel you've been the victim of medical malpractice, it may be valuable to speak with a malpractice attorney who has experience handling complicated medical cases. If you choose to contact an attorney, ask your friends and family for recommendations, and be sure to select a firm you that treats you with dignity and respect.
Tips for Staying Safe & Healthy
In order to protect yourself from medical errors and malpractice, keep the following in mind:
- Be involved in your own health care. Don't be afraid to ask questions when you'd like clarification, and be an active decision maker in your care.
- Have your health information handy. Be sure those involved with your care are aware of all your important health information – potential allergies or medical conditions, as well as any medications you may currently be taking.
- Bring a friend. Bring a close friend or family member with you to act as a second set of eyes and ears. He/she can help ask questions and offer some additional insight.
- It's okay to ask. Ask providers treating you if they have washed their hands.
- Get a second opinion. It never hurts to consult a second physician; two heads are always better than one.
- See an expert. If possible, choose to have a procedure at a facility where many patients with your same condition are treated. These providers will have more experience, and it's less likely something will go wrong.