By Aaron Jophlin
The conscious or unconscious breach by a member of a profession of either a standard of care, or a standard of conduct.
Malpractice refers to some form of negligence or error at the hands of a professional or specialist. In the medical world, the provider can be in private practice or part of a larger medical group or institution. One of the most confounding things about medical malpractice is that it occurs frequently but often goes unreported. In fact, many people are unaware that they or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice. As a result, it is important that everyone should know the top five diseases most frequently associated with medical error or negligence. They are, in order:
Quite often, the main culprit—with each of these diseases—is a misdiagnosis. That can often lead to a tragic outcome since accurate and early detection is critical to survival. If a doctor or institution fails to properly identify any of these diseases, the choices of a negative outcome increase dramatically. Many people falsely assume that malpractice cases apply exclusively to treatment of a particular disease. That’s unfortunate because in many cases, the malpractice—or criminal error—occurred long before treatment began, in the form of misdiagnosis.
1 in 8 people injured due to medical negligence file a malpractice claim.
Who Is To Blame?
Doctors are not the only ones to blame for medical malpractice. There is a wide variety of medical professionals who could be to blame, including nurses, physician assistants, social workers, caregivers, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, dentists, pharmacists, and more. Very rarely is the medical negligence deliberate or calculated. It is simply the result of any unskilled, reckless, poor, or negligent diagnosis treatment.
What Can You Do?
If you have any suspicions you need to act. Time is of the essence. And the best way to take action is to contact a reputable malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Oftentimes there are time limitations for malpractice cases—if you fail to report the suspected negligence within a given amount of time, you could miss your opportunity to seek financial retribution. If you think that you or someone you know has been a victim of medical negligence or error, please contact The Bell Legal Group at (888) 961-5495, or fill out our Contact Us form.