Washington Township Medical Malpractice Lawyer
People depend on doctors and other healthcare providers to help them feel better when they are sick or injured. Although many patients sign waivers prior to serious medical procedures, doctors still must meet a basic standard of care. In some instances, healthcare providers fall woefully short of that mark and make serious medical mistakes, leading to further complications and injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent doctor or another healthcare provider, our experienced personal injury attorneys may be able to help. Once retained, a Washington Township medical malpractice lawyer could assess your situation and, if applicable, help you pursue monetary damages.
Healthcare Provider Duties
Healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and others, owe their patients a duty of care. Specifically, these providers must abide by the standard of care of a reasonable health care provider acting under the same or similar circumstances. Orthopedists, obstetricians, gynecologists, cardiologists, and other medical specialists must typically follow a national standard of care.
In order for you or your seasoned attorney to demonstrate medical negligence, another healthcare provider or equivalent medical expert must affirm that the defendant in your case did something wrong or made a mistake. Furthermore, you must have actually sustained injuries and damages at the hands of the negligent healthcare provider.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
Some healthcare providers lack the necessary skills, experience, knowledge, or training to perform their jobs well, but in most cases, malpractice occurs due to simple carelessness. Either way, negligent providers can cause their patients to suffer serious injuries, and they may become the subject of a medical malpractice investigation or lawsuit.
Common bases for Washington Township medical malpractice lawsuits include:
- Ignoring a patient, neglecting them, or failing to follow up with him or her in a timely manner—especially following a serious medical procedure
- Failing to properly sterilize office or surgical equipment, resulting in patient injury or infection
- Failing to adequately communicate with patients about his or her medical diagnosis or treatment
- Failing to properly communicate with other doctors, nurses, and pharmacists
- Misdiagnosing—or altogether failing to diagnose—a patient’s medical condition
- Botching a surgical procedure, such as by operating on the wrong body part or leaving something inside the patient’s body—like a towel or surgical sponge—following a medical procedure
- Performing an unnecessary medical procedure or performing a procedure without the patient’s consent
- Prematurely discharging a patient following a serious medical procedure
Given how quickly physical health can change, time may be of the essence in cases involving medical mistakes. A Washington Township medical malpractice lawyer could assist with completing all the prerequisites and can file a timely lawsuit with the court against the negligent health care provider or medical facility.
Contact a Washington Township Medical Malpractice Attorney
Errors by healthcare providers can result in injuries that may affect you for many years to come. If you suspect that you suffered injuries and damages resulting from a healthcare provider’s negligence, you may want to contact a Washington Township medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you can.
Available damages in medical malpractice cases include payment of all medical bills including the costs of future corrective medical procedures. You may also be able to recover damages for your pain, suffering, and inconvenience resulting from your injuries. Call us today to schedule an initial consultation and get started on your case.