Columbus Medical Malpractice Attorney
Holding Negligent Medical Professionals Accountable
In our society, all persons are expected to exercise a reasonable amount
of care when it comes to the health and safety of others around them.
Some people are held to higher standards of care because of their vocations.
The more influence a person has over the health or safety of other, the
higher the standard of care is for them.
Medical professionals fall under this special category of what is known
as professional negligence. Because they hold a tremendous amount of influence
over the lives of their patients, medical professionals are expected to
exercise a special degree of care in the actions and decisions they make
concerning those patients. Claims of medical negligence are otherwise
known as medical malpractice.
How To Prove A Medical Malpractice Claim
In order to prove that a doctor, nurse or other medical employee acted
negligently, a plaintiff must be able to prove four key elements:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed to establish the doctor's duty to care
- The doctor's negligence was the direct cause of injury
- The doctor (or medical professional) abandoned that duty to care by acting
- The injury is significant or damaging
Medical malpractice can manifest itself in many forms. Due to the fact
that the medical field is so broad, the extent and nature of injuries
caused by medical malpractice can vary. Do not rule out your ability to
receive a fair recovery because you believe your injury or ailment is
"merely" a fluke uncommon to that particular field of medicine
Some common forms of medical malpractice in Columbus include:
Causes of Medical Malpractice
While it may be said that much of the work of a personal injury lawyer
is helping people find the recoveries they deserve after they have been
wrongfully injured, there is also a good deal of hopeful prevention in
our line of work. By bringing cases of medical malpractice to court and
to the public’s attention, we may be able to stop such negligence
and wrongdoing from harming another individual. The evidence brought up
in such a case can also be used in the future by investigators to pinpoint
the causes and eliminate them before another incident occurs. For these
reasons, and so many more, it is of utmost importance that you file your
claim and allow us to look into your case for evidence of malpractice.
Causes of medical malpractice that frequently show up in courtroom cases include:
- Exhaustion and fatigue (long hours)
- Miscommunication between branches of clinic
- Inadequate staff on-hand for emergencies
- Ineptitude and a general lack of supervision
- Illegible prescriptions
- Misidentified patients (clerical errors)
We acknowledge that it can be extremely stressful to work in a hospital
or medical clinic. We must also acknowledge that no reason for medical
malpractice is ever a viable excuse for such negligence. When people come
to a professional doctor for care, they have the right to expect it to
be accurate, efficient, and safe. They should not have to worry about
whether or not they are going to go home in a worse conditions than when
they arrived there in the first place.
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Rourke and Blumenthal, our attorneys share more than 75 years of combined experience in the
field of personal injury. We have successfully recovered over $300 million
in compensation for our past clients, including single verdicts over one
million dollars. As a result, several of our attorneys have been given
membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.
If you suspect your injuries were caused by medical malpractice,
contact our firm
today and speak with a Columbus medical malpractice lawyer about your situation
in a free, no-obligation consultation.