Patients enter a hospital to work with medical professionals to better the condition of their health. Unfortunately, too often the opposite occurs and they leave more sick or in more pain than they arrived. The Journal of the American Medical Association cites medical negligence as the third leading cause of death in The United States. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed or injured by a mistaken diagnosis or improper treatment by a medical professional. Medical malpractice can take place on the diagnosis, treatment, or after treatment levels.
Some examples of common medical malpractice claims include the following:
Failure to diagnose: This would occur if a doctor’s diagnosis was incorrect or a patient was told they were not ill when they were. It is the responsibility of a doctor to correctly tell a patient what their ailment is. If a doctor fails to diagnose a patient correctly, the patient might have a medical malpractice claim.
Improper treatment: If a doctor makes a proper diagnosis, but fails to treat the ailment properly, this can cause the patient more harm than good. Therefore, improper treatment may lead to a medical malpractice claim.
Failure to warn patient of possible risks: Even proper treatment comes with potential risks. It is the duty of a doctor or other medical professional to let a patient know about the potential risks of a treatment or medication. If a patient is not informed about the potential harm or side effects that may occur as a result of medical attention, the patient may have a medical malpractice claim.
Medical malpractice cases require a high level of expertise to determine if a doctor or other medical professional is at fault. At The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South we are able to provide both local attention to these cases, as well as use national resources to determine if medical malpractice did in fact occur. We are well versed in the laws and practices of medical malpractice claims in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.