Since there are no guarantees in health care, proving malpractice can be challenging. Just because a procedure does not go as planned, for example, does not mean you were the victim of medical negligence. If you experience complications of any kind, though, it is worth exploring the potential of malpractice because it occurs far more often than most people realize.
As long as providers follow the most widely accepted standards of care when treating patients, they are not liable when complications arise. If they deviate from such standards when diagnosing or treating someone with whom a doctor-patient relationship exists, though, it is considered medical negligence.
Patients-turned-claimants can prove negligence by obtaining statements from experts in the medical fields that are relevant to the case. For example, if an obstetrician leaves a surgical sponge inside a patient when performing a Caesarean section, the victim can prove negligence by obtaining testimony from other obstetricians that states the importance of ordering X-rays following C-sections.
After proving how their provider breached the duty of care, claimants must be able to demonstrate that they incurred actual damages as a direct result of the incident. Damages might include physical injuries, infections, or illnesses, as well as pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, lost income, and additional health care expenses.
If you incurred damages because of medical negligence, contact Williams, Hall & Latherow, LLP to determine the best way to proceed. Located in Ashland, KY, this full-service law firm was founded nearly two decades ago, and they have been representing vulnerable injured parties just like you ever since. Whether you were misdiagnosed or suffered a surgical error, a compassionate attorney from their team will help you hold all liable parties financially accountable. Visit their website to learn more about their experience resolving cases involving medical negligence or call (606) 329-1919 to schedule an initial consultation today.