What Constitutes “Medical Malpractice?”

on January 16, 2014 by George Panagiotopoulos

george picWe all understand that doctors are human and therefore they make mistakes. So, how do you know what constitutes “medical negligence?” When you are injured by a physician or other healthcare provider’s negligence, it can have life-altering consequences. All patients have the right to expect their healthcare providers to provide medical care to the best of their ability and with professionalism, so when this does not occur and you are injured as a result, it is important to seek the advice and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

There are a wide variety of types of medical malpractice, but it is generally defined as “a dereliction of professional duty or a failure to exercise an accepted degree of professional skill or learning by a physician rendering professional services which results in injury, loss, or damage.” In short, a doctor is required to meet the standard of care that a reasonable person in the same position would provide. Failure to meet this standard is considered negligence. Types of medical malpractice are:

  • Surgical mistakes
  • Failure to properly diagnose a patient’s injury or illness
  • Birth injuries
  • Treating without obtaining informed consent
  • Errors filling prescriptions
  • Failure to properly supervise a patient under anesthesia
  • Mistakes in dispensing medication
  • Breach of doctor-patient confidentiality
  • Injuries resulting from failure to maintain an accurate medical chart

There are numerous parties that can be held liable for medical negligence, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, surgical technicians, nursing home workers and other healthcare providers.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a healthcare provider’s negligence, a medical malpractice lawsuit can compensate you not only for your damages suffered but also help make healthcare services safer and more reliable. If you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

If you have been hurt by another party’s negligence, you need help. Contact Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you recover the damages suffered by your personal injury.  We proudly serve individuals throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  We can be contacted by phone at (201) 820-6001 in New Jersey or (212) 692-0200 in New York. We can also be found on the Internet. And remember, we handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay our fees unless we recover for you. Like us on Facebook.