When you enter a hospital, you are legally entitled to a certain standard of care. If you believe that medical negligence prevented you from receiving that standard of care, here is what you should know.

Also known as medical malpractice, the most common form of medical negligence occurs when a patient is misdiagnosed or when a procedure is not performed properly, leading to further injury. This often happens when a nurse, doctor, therapist, or psychologist is not fully capable of carrying out the procedure, does so without taking appropriate precautionary measures, or performs the procedure in undue haste. Simply being unhappy with your treatment is not grounds for a suit; however, actions that lead to later consequences can be grounds for medical negligence.

When determining whether or not medical malpractice occurred, those responsible for performing the procedure will often be judged in comparison with their peers in their field. When judging a nurse’s actions, for example, he or she will be judged according to the universal standard level of competency expected from a professional nurse.

If you believe that you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, be sure to keep all documentation, including doctor’s bills, appointment slips, prescriptions, and proof of lost wages. Then, contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld to learn more about our medical malpractice and wrongful death services.

Source: MorgueFile