Medical negligence is a serious problem that can affect patients of any age or at any stage in the healthcare process, whether you’re going to see your family doctor, or seek care from a walk-in clinic, emergency room physician, or a surgeon. Each of these institutions and doctors has a responsibility to you as a patient.
If you feel adequate care was not provided, you could have a viable negligence and medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact our Smithfield personal injury lawyer for a medical malpractice consultation.
When you feel ill and are looking for care from your trusted general physician, their expertise is vital to catching early warning signs of potentially more serious illnesses. Upon your primary care physician’s recommendations, scans can be ordered to point out indicators of cancer, heart disease, and other health concerns that could be causing you to feel like less than yourself.
If these issues go unnoticed or are misdiagnosed as less serious health problems by your general doctor, your window for seeking early and effective care gets smaller. Left unchecked, infections, heart problems, and cancers cause an unfortunate loss of life. If you or a loved one visited a primary care physician who failed to spot early warning signs of serious illnesses and misdiagnosed your health problems, you may have a case for negligence or medical malpractice.
When care is more complex, risks increase for potential errors that can cause injury or death. In a hospital setting, whether you are there for an emergency issue or scheduled a surgical appointment, you trust the range of specialists on staff, from anesthesiologists to surgeons and pediatric doctors to provide the best care possible. When this is not the case, you can be left with painful complications of surgery or an injured child or family member whose quality of life suffered. In many cases, surgical processes that do not meet the standard of care you expect in this specialized setting can increase the risk of infection and death.
It’s possible to seek compensation for injuries incurred as the result of a mistake made while performing surgery or even in the administration of anesthesia. While it’s tragic, errors can also occur during the birthing process which hampers the health of the newborn.
The doctor or hospital that failed to provide adequate care for you or your family members should be held responsible for doing so. Contact Archambault Law for help in determining the responsible parties, based on which organization employed the doctor and where the act of negligence originated.
Negligence in the case of medical malpractice has a specific definition that can determine if you have a case to bring to bear against your doctor, surgeon, or even the hospital and medical group that staffed the physician. Contact our Smithfield defense team immediately if you suspect medical malpractice and allow us to get started on your case as soon as possible.