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How to Recognize Medical Malpractice

If you have suffered a serious illness or injury due to the negligence of your healthcare provider, you may have a medical malpractice claim on your hands. However, recognizing negligence can be more challenging than you think. 

Often, people confuse standard risks of treatment and procedures with medical errors, which can cost them dearly. Below, we go into further detail about how to recognize medical malpractice and what you can do about it. For more individualized attention, reach out to the dedicated personal injury team at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

It is not uncommon for people to confuse the risks associated with a particular treatment or medical procedure with a medical error made by their healthcare provider. Before you are given any treatment or undergo a specific procedure, you should be informed of any potential risks and side effects. 

This is known as informed consent. Any side effects or risks that arise due to a treatment are not considered medical malpractice. However, when an error or mistake is made by your healthcare provider, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

There are some medical errors that occur far more frequently than others. And if you know what kinds of mistakes to look for, you may be able to determine whether an error occurred. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice lawsuits include:

  • Failure to treat
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Birth injuries
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Medication mistakes
  • Failure to provide follow-up care

If you have reason to believe your injury or illness was caused by one of these medical errors, or another mistake, you can reach out to a qualified medical malpractice lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, for help.

What Happens Next?

After you have reached out to a lawyer for assistance, your lawyer will thoroughly investigate the details of your case to determine if your healthcare provider failed to uphold the medical standard of care. The standard of care must have been breached in order for medical malpractice to have occurred. 

This standard of care essentially states that if another healthcare provider of similar education, training, and experience would not have made the same mistake, the standard was not upheld. 

Your lawyer will then file a claim with the insurance company. If the insurer is able to compensate you fully, there may not be a need to go to court. But if they won’t or are unable to, it may be in your best interest to bring your case to court to obtain maximum compensation for your suffering. After examining the details of your case, your lawyer can advise you accordingly. 

Contact a Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Are you interested in pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit? If so, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC. 502-253-9110 or complete the convenient contact form included below to get started on your case.

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