Medical Malpractice Lawsuit FAQs (Pt. 1)
August 11, 2014
Although we trust our health and our lives in the hands of doctors and other medical professionals, we may not always get the care we expect or need. In many cases, problems with healthcare can:
- Seriously injure people, possibly even causing them to sustain life-threatening injuries
- Be the cause of some type of preventable malpractice or medical negligence.
When any type of medical negligence or malpractice has contributed to people’s injuries, these people will likely have a legal claim and can obtain the compensation they need and deserve by pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent parties.
In this blog series, we will answer some questions that commonly arise when people have been injured by malpractice and are considering moving forward with a lawsuit. While the information provided in this blog is general in nature, you can get more specific info about your situation, rights and case by contacting the experienced Portland medical malpractice lawyers at the Savage Law Firm today.
Q: What kinds of medical mistakes can be the basis of malpractice lawsuits?
A: More than you probably realize. In fact, the following are just some of the more common types of medical mistakes that often form the basis for malpractice claims and cases:
- Misdiagnoses, including the failure to diagnose and delayed diagnoses
- Surgery errors, including leaving objects in patients and performing the wrong procedures on people
- Anesthesia and medication errors, including prescribing or administering the wrong types (or amounts) of medications for patients, based on their medical needs and history.
Medical mistakes can come in a number of other forms, as well, so it’s critical that you consult with one of the Portland malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm for a thorough case evaluation if you believe that you’ve been hurt by any type of medical negligence.
Q: What if a nurse made the medical mistakes? Is this still a malpractice case?
A: Yes. While some people may only associate medical malpractice with the mistakes made by doctors, the fact is that any medical professional can be negligent – and such negligence can form the basis for malpractice claims. In addition to nurses, other medical professionals who can be held accountable through malpractice cases include (but are not limited to):
It’s also important to point out that the medical facilities that employ negligent medical professionals can, in some cases, also be held accountable in malpractice lawsuits. For instance, if a hospital nurse’s negligence hurt someone, the nurse – and the hospital that employs that nurse – can both be named as defendants in malpractice cases.
Our second and third parts of this blog will continue to answer some of the most common questions about malpractice lawsuits – be sure to check them out!
Portland Malpractice Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
Have you been hurt due to the mistakes or negligence of some medical professional? If so, you can trust the Portland malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm to help you obtain the compensation you likely deserve. Our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience successfully fighting for malpractice survivors’ rights and helping them hold negligent medical professionals accountable.
We realize how devastating medical negligence can be, and our lawyers are here to aggressively defend injured people’s rights to both justice and compensation. While this means that our Portland malpractice lawyers will work diligently to help our clients tell their stories in court, it also means that our attorneys and dedicated staff will vigorously stand up to insurers and others outside of the courtroom to ensure that our clients are able to obtain the settlements they deserve.
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