What is Medical Malpractice, and Why Does it Happen?

November 20, 2020
What is Medical Malpractice, and Why Does it Happen?

According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins patient safety experts, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 17,000 medical malpractice claims are filed in the United States each year.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional deviates from the medical community’s appropriate standard of care. The effects of a doctor’s or a hospital’s negligence can lead to catastrophic injuries. Medical malpractice happens in many ways, but the most common examples of medical malpractice are:

Failure to diagnose. When a physician fails to take the proper steps to determine the nature of the patient’s medical problem, or fails to diagnose or detect an existing condition properly, this is considered failure to diagnose and is grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

Improper treatment.  This situation arises when a doctor diagnoses a condition correctly but ultimately fails to provide the proper treatment. Improper treatment can also result in dangerous side effects or contraindications with a patient’s current medications.

Failure to warn patients of risks. If your doctor fails to warn you of known dangers of treatment or a procedure, they have breached the physician’s duty to warn you of such risks. Knowing the risks before a procedure or treatment may have prevented you from being injured or exposed to risks.

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Complex medical evidence and juror bias toward doctors and hospitals make medical malpractice cases tough to win. For this reason, if you believe you have a medical negligence case, it’s critical that you consult with a medical malpractice lawyer before filing a claim. With the help of a skilled Oklahoma medical malpractice attorney, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries you received at the hands of a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or hospital staffer.

Our Tulsa, OK legal team possesses the skills and experience to represent clients in cases involving a variety of medical errors, including:

  • Surgical errors like leaving a foreign object in a patient’s body, operating on the wrong body part, or performing an incorrect procedure
  • Birth injuries and delivery errors
  • Errors in administering anesthesia
  • Overdosing on pain medication, leading to death
  • Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dosage
  • Cancer misdiagnosis and treatment mistakes
  • Failure to inform a patient of the dangers of a procedure or drug

Hiring a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

At Graves McLain, our Tulsa, Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers aggressively and fiercely represent our clients to obtain the best possible results. Our attorneys represent people who have experienced medical negligence from doctors, surgeons, nurses, hospital staff, and long-term care professionals.

If you or a loved one has any questions regarding a potential medical malpractice case, contact Graves McLain today. Our attorneys provide free legal consultations to help you determine what your best options are. To speak with one of our Tulsa personal injury lawyers, fill out our contact form below or call 918-359-6600.

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