What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

Published on Mar 31, 2023 at 5:13 pm in Medical Malpractice.


What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

Over 250,000 deaths result from medical errors in the U.S. every year, putting medical malpractice among the top three causes of death in the nation.

Medical malpractice is an act, omission, or other form of negligence committed by a health care provider that causes injury to a patient. It is harm that results because a medical provider deviates from what another competent medical professional would have reasonably done in the same situation. This is referred to as breaching the standard of care, a standard that medical professionals are obligated by law to meet.

Going to a doctor and receiving unsatisfactory care does not automatically make you a victim of medical malpractice. To reach the legal standards of medical malpractice, an act or omission must meet certain criteria.

How Long Does the Average Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Take?

Published on Jan 21, 2022 at 4:25 pm in Medical Malpractice.

How Long Does the Average Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Take
Of all the different types of personal injury lawsuits that can be filed in the United States, medical malpractice lawsuits are often considered the most complex. Their complexity comes from the fact that so many factors go into determining how medical care is provided as well as how it should be provided. Both elements are crucial for determining why a mistake occurs and if that mistake could have been avoided, and both elements can take a great deal of time to investigate.

That said, if you are in a situation where you believe you or a loved one has been harmed or has suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional or team of professionals, do not let this fact deter you from getting in touch with an attorney who may be able to help. Medical malpractice cases may be complex, but an experienced law firm like Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC will not hesitate to fully investigate your claim and hold the negligent party accountable if they believe a lawsuit is warranted.

What To Do If You Suspect Medical Malpractice

Published on Jan 14, 2022 at 2:19 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Individuals and families who have come away from an interaction with a medical professional worse—not better—than they were before seeking medical treatment are right to ask: What do you do if you suspect medical negligence? It’s not easy knowing what to do if you think you may be a victim of medical malpractice. The first step you take should be to contact a medical malpractice lawyer you trust. This is a highly complicated area of the law, and it’s best to seek experienced legal guidance before taking any matters into your own hands, even before contacting the doctor or hospital you suspect may have committed medical negligence.

What Are the Most Dangerous Types of Drug Interactions?

Published on Sep 30, 2021 at 3:35 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Every year, approximately 1.3 million people visit the emergency room and about 350,000 are hospitalized due to adverse drug events, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has published findings showing adverse reactions to drugs administered by a physician to be one of the leading causes of mortality in health care.

How Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Helped Anesthesiologists Improve Patient Safety

Published on Sep 23, 2021 at 1:55 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Those who enter the legal profession often do so because they want to make a difference in the world. Becoming a lawyer gives one the opportunity to see big-picture issues crippling a community or society and do something about it. While focusing on winning justice for one victimized party, attorneys simultaneously expose and confront a prevailing problem that would otherwise continue unopposed. We will look at one case example that demonstrates how lawsuits helped to generate positive change in healthcare safety.

How Many Medical Malpractice Cases Happen Every Year?

Published on Jul 14, 2021 at 6:37 pm in Medical Malpractice.

How Many Medical Malpractice Cases Happen Every Year

You trust your doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals with your health care. When you seek treatment, you expect the symptoms or condition you have to get better—but what happens when the people you’ve entrusted with your care make a mistake? Unfortunately, medical errors do occur and can cause terrible injuries and damages to the patient.

Going to a medical professional to solve a health issue is such a common occurrence, it’s strange to think that they could make a mistake that yields devastating consequences. So how many medial malpractice cases happen every year?

Steps for Filing a Hospital Negligence Claim in Mississippi

Published on Jan 8, 2021 at 9:49 am in Medical Malpractice.

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When you go to the hospital, it’s because you need effective care that will treat or heal whatever is ailing you. While most times the doctors and other hospital staff are diligent with your care and ensure that they do their best to treat you, sometimes staff members can be negligent and lead to more harm than good.

If you’ve experienced hospital negligence, then you could use the help of a medical malpractice lawyer who can help you file a claim against the negligent party. At Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we will support you through your case and fight to get you the compensation you deserve for the suffering you have endured.

The Increased Risk of Patients Developing Bedsores During COVID-19

Published on Dec 17, 2020 at 1:40 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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When a patient is bound to their bed and cannot move, they are at risk of developing bedsores. Pressure sores and pressure ulcers are other words for bedsores, which are sores that form at the pressure points of the patient while lying on their bed for extended periods of time. They range from mild to severe and are ranked in severity by stages.

When a patient develops a stage 4 bedsore, they are at risk of infection and could even develop dead tissue. This is dangerous for regular patients, but especially in the time of COVID-19.

If your loved one is bedridden as well as suffers from other health conditions, they could be at a greater risk for a bedsore. If they develop one and get an infection, the outcome could be deadly. A medical malpractice lawyer from Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC can help you get the justice you deserve for the negligent care of your loved one.

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