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What is considered to be medical malpractice?

What is considered to be medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice can be defined as a form of negligence by a healthcare professional. When these trusted individuals fail to meet their expected standard of care, there can be consequences. They are expected to uphold a standard of care that is based on their peers and the institutions that they are associated with as an educated medical professional. There are many different forms of medical malpractice. These include failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, surgical mistakes, emergency room mistakes, prescription errors and overdoses, labor and birth injuries, anesthesia errors, inadequate consent, hospital-acquired or post-surgical infections and improper care and follow-up. If you or a loved one has been exposed to one of these incidents, contact a professional medical malpractice attorney to explain your situation.

If you have a valid case involving medical malpractice, you can be entitled to compensation. This compensation can include economic damages, such as payment for medical bills, lost wages and future wages. If you have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice by a healthcare professional or medical institution, you can set forth a wrongful death claim. A representative of the estate is also entitled to bring a survivor’s action against the wrongful party.  

How is medical malpractice displayed in nursing homes?

Medical malpractice cases can be involved in nursing homes as well. Individuals that are in nursing homes have certain rights that cannot be taken away from them. They should be aware of the rights they have upon entering the home. When these individuals are being treated for medical issues, they should be told about their ailment and the medicine that is given to them. They have the option to deny the medicine that is being offered to them. They should be given the ability to bring their own possessions into the home as well.

These individuals are in nursing homes to be taken care of on a daily basis. They may not have the independence to live on their own due to their older age and current state of mind. Loved ones of these individuals should educate themselves on the signs of nursing home abuse. Unfortunately, abuse can happen in nursing homes. However, there are ways to combat it.

Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt because of the negligence of another party. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, contact our firm today.

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