Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice is the failure of medical professionals to provide competent and adequate treatment to patients, resulting in injury or death. Malpractice lawsuits can be brought against a doctor, a hospital or any other health care provider who failed to give care that a competent health professional would provide, or does something that a competent health professional would never do.
What are common cases of malpractice?
- surgical errors
- improper use of anesthesia
- incorrect diagnoses
- use of unapproved procedures or medication
- birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy
- pharmacists who give out the wrong medication
- inadequate monitoring of patients by doctors.
- other cases of inadequate or incompetent care
Some medical malpractice cases stem from inadequate training, fatigue or confusion, or other human error. Others stem from systemic problems in a hospital or other health care facility. Some injuries sustained as a result of medical malpractice may be relatively minor, but others may result in death or catastrophic, life-changing illnesses.
In general, malpractice occurs when a doctor or other health professional fails to exercise the degree of care and skill that a professional of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances. To prove medical malpractice, your Vancouver lawyer will need to show that one or more health care providers was negligent in the patient’s care, and that this negligence was the cause of the injury or death. In addition, you must prove that damages are the result of the negligence.
Insurance companies, doctors, and hospitals often vigorously fight malpractice suits. In medical malpractice cases it is critical to hire a medical malpractice law firm with the specialized knowledge, resources, and trial experience needed to go up against their defense attorneys. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact the Vancouver law offices of Scott Parks for a free review of your claim.