Science is an ever-changing field. Along with many unforeseen factors, the stream of new developments in the medical field allows room for errors which may lead to many sorts of personal injury, including negligence and even medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can be seen when medical personnel or any professional medical entity fails to provide appropriate care for a patient and their symptoms. Some examples include a physician prescribing the wrong dosage, or type, of medication for an ailment. The medical professional may not order the correct diagnostic tests to aid in determining a proper verdict of what is ailing the patient. Harm and injury can occur if a surgeon operates on an incorrect organ or body part. Personal injury can happen if a surgeon leaves an item, such as a medical sponge, inside a patient when closing after an operation. Typically, a doctor does not set out to harm their parents. However, mistakes happen to all human beings.
If the physician did behave carelessly in conducting their care, one would need to legally establish one of four different elements. The first thing that must be proven is that there was a specialized responsibility allocated to the patient. The second aspect is that there was a violation of the identified obligation. The third element is that there was a personal injury produced directly due to the violation. Lastly, this must have resulted in subsequent negative consequences.
Potential Medical Malpractice Consequences
Like in any occupation, those employed within the medical field have a standard of care which they must follow. Physicians, hospitals, and medical staff may go astray from this standard at times. This does not necessarily mean that personal harm, or injury, will occur to patients medical staff treat. There are between 65,000 to 200,000 reported deadly cases of medical “accidents” annually. 25,000 to 120,000 of these deaths are due to negligence or medical malpractice. As if those statistics are not scary enough, the above numbers only demonstrate the cases that are noted in hospital records.
It is important to remember that it is difficult to prove what a judge cannot see. When a personal injury or harm occurs due to medical neglect, the mistake typically foreshadows a plethora of consequences for the patient. These difficulties include financial problems due to having to attend multiple follow up visits with different physicians for associated health issues, chronic physical pain, and psychological distress. These hardships can lead to the loss of a job, complications in personal relationships, and changes to mood and behavior. One may even be deemed as disabled.
Legal Aid and Compensation from Griffin Reynolds
At times, individuals do not bother to seek help for personal injury or medical malpractice. In fact, only 2.9% of individuals who have experienced medical malpractice file suits against physicians or medical facilities. Thankfully, there are experienced attorneys who specialize in personal injury and in medical malpractice. Courts award 70% of individuals who seek damages for personal injury due to medical malpractice.
If you live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, contact the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds & Associates at 405-721-9500 for a free consultation. Our attorneys, Justin B. Reynolds and Billy P. Griffin, can provide you with the help you or your loved ones need to be compensated for damages from medical malpractice. We have experience in many focus areas. Some of these areas include personal injury, auto and truck accidents, and tribal casino liability. We also take on cases concerning motorcycle accidents, medical neglect, nursing home abuse, and product liability. Take back your power today!