There is surely not a person in the entirety of the state of Iowa who, when making a doctor’s appointment, assumes that doing so will cause them harm; indeed, most of us seek medical care because we trust the expert knowledge of a trained doctor.
And while doctors do help patients on a regular basis–often being the difference between life and death–doctors aren’t infallible.
When a doctor makes a medical mistake, the consequences of that error can have a direct and life-changing impact on the affected patient.
In some cases, bringing forth a medical malpractice suit is warranted.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional deviates from the accepted medical standard of care in treating a patient, and as a direct consequence, the patient suffers harm that they otherwise would not have incurred.
The medical standard of care is the level of care that another medical professional of similar training and background would have exercised in a similar situation.
In order to prove a breach of the medical standard of care, expert testimony is a necessity.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Anytime that a doctor deviates from the standard of care owed to a patient and a patient is harmed as a result, medical malpractice has occurred.
Some of the most common types of malpractice include:
- Surgical errors, including performing surgery on the wrong body part or wrong patient, failing to properly sanitize equipment, leading to infection, and leaving an object within the patient.
- Medication errors, including giving the patient the wrong medication, administration errors, dosage errors, and more.
- Diagnostic errors, including failing to diagnose a patient’s condition and misdiagnosing a condition.
- Birth injuries resulting from failing to monitor mother or baby, improper use of mediation or drugs, improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors, and more.
The above list is not inclusive – if you have been harmed by a medical provider’s actions, you may have a case. Reach out to our team today to learn more.
How Our Lawyers Can Help
Filing a medical malpractice claim is a complex undertaking; doctors have aggressive lawyers on their side to protect them from claims and proving that a breach of the medical standard of care–rather than just an error–occurred can be challenging.
Our lawyers will help you by investigating your case; hiring experts to testify on your behalf; proving causation and damages; ensuring that you adhere to all legal requirements, such as the statute of limitations; making sense of damages available and caps on damages; and negotiating for a fair settlement.
We also have litigation experience should your case go to court.
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A doctor owes you a high duty of care. When this duty is breached, you deserve to be compensated.
Let our medical malpractice lawyers at the office of VanDerGinst Law help you recover damages and justice.
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