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What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is the failure of a doctor or other licensed medical professional to provide a patient with treatment equal to the customary standard of care, which results in an injury, loss of function or death to the patient. Clinical negligence or more often called medical negligence is concerned with claims against doctors and other healthcare professionals and their employers.
Types of Malpractice can include one or more of these circumstances:
» Medical Misdiagnosis.
» Surgical Negligence.
» Prescription and Medication Errors.
» Negligent Medical Advice.
» Delayed Diagnosis
» Failure to Treat Properly
» Surgical Error
» Birth Injury
» Medical Product Liability
Repercussions and effects of Medical Malpractice.
Every year hundreds of people are injured as a result of medical malpractice in Tennessee. Nationally, the Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year because of medical mistakes or misdiagnosis of illness. Non-profit advocacy organization which works for the rights of consumers, estimates that, each year, over 1 million injuries are caused by negligence in America.
Injured parties may recover the following damages, and they include both present and future expected losses. Persons injured may sue for an injunction to prevent the continuation of the conduct or for monetary damages in restitution.Some examples of the effects of Medical Malpractice:
» Lost wages/income due to missed work
» Pain and suffering due to the injury
» Medical expenses incurred to the additional procedures
» Punitive damages in extraordinary cases
An expert doctor witness may be required to litigate the case. This ads extra expenses to try the case in a court of law, and these cases usually take longer than other personal injury cases to file and litigate.
Tennessee Tort Laws have limited the amount of reward that can be awarded in a medical malpractice case. In addition, the time limit to file has been shortened to one year from the time of the injury. Due to the time limits required in Tennessee Tort Laws, the coordination with professional individuals such as the expert doctor witness, it is highly recommended that an injured person or family member seeking to file a medical malpractice claim retain a Med Mal lawyer immediately rather than try to bring the case to court without proper legal counsel.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence, please call our number above to speak with a qualified medical malpractice attorney. Or fill out the form below to be contacted via Email.
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