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The Dangers of Medical Malpractice

At Levine Law, we fight for patients and families who are suffering due to negligent medical treatment in Colorado. Our Denver medical malpractice attorneys represent victims of medical malpractice, and we have a proven track record of securing favorable results for our clients. If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition resulting from inadequate treatment, or if you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering due to medical malpractice, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free consultation about your legal rights.

Medical malpractice can be committed by any healthcare professional, including doctors, nurses, lab techs, hospitals, dentists, chiropractors and other health providers. Common types of medical malpractice include:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Misread lab results
  • Botched surgeries
  • Performing unnecessary procedures
  • Failure to order appropriate testing
  • Failure to read test results properly
  • Failure to obtain informed consent
  • Leaving surgical instruments inside patients
  • Operating on the wrong patient or the wrong body part
  • Causing infection through unsanitary practices
  • Failed treatment methods

Any time a healthcare provider provides a level of care below what a reasonable provider with the same background would have provided, the sub-standard acts can be considered medical malpractice.

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Our Denver Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains the Standard of Care for Medical Professionals 

Medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence and occurs when a health care provider, including a hospital, doctor or nurse, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. As Denver medical malpractice lawyers, we are experienced in helping our clients to maximize their recovery for malpractice in a wide range of areas, including misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, birth injuries, and medication errors.

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Fault in a medical malpractice case is what is known as a violation of the “standard of care.” While there is no medical definition for the standard of care, it is based on the negligence concept of what is reasonable. The law acknowledges that there are certain medical standards that are recognized by the profession as being acceptable medical treatment by reasonably prudent health care professionals under like or similar circumstances. The specifics of care will depend on the practice area, as well as the community where the health care provider is located.

How to Prove a Violation of the Standard of Care

Generally, medical malpractice is defined as “any act or omission by a physician during the treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury.” In order to establish that the medical professional was negligent, it must be shown that there was a violation of the standard of care. This is done through medical. Both sides of a malpractice case will introduce testimony on the issue of standard of care, and it will be up to the jury or a judge to determine whether there was a deviation from the requisite standard of care.

Causation and Injury Must Also Be Shown in a Medical Malpractice Action

It is not enough to show that there was a violation of the standard of care. For a medical malpractice claim to succeed, the patient must also show that he or she suffered an injury that would not have occurred in the absence of negligence. This is what is referred to as causation or proximate cause. An unfavorable outcome, mistaken diagnosis, or mere error of judgment, by itself, is not medical malpractice. The injury must have been caused by negligence. If there is an injury without negligence or there is negligence that did not cause injury, there is no case. 

Failure to Diagnose is a Common Form of Medical Malpractice in Colorado

The first step toward appropriate medical treatment is an accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, diagnostic errors – including failure to diagnose – are among the most common forms of medical malpractice. This means that many patients are not getting the treatment they need, and this means that they are facing physical limitations, pain and suffering, financial costs and other consequences that they should not be forced to endure. If you or a loved one is suffering as a result of a doctor’s failure to diagnose, a Denver medical malpractice attorney at Levine Law can help.

For individuals of all ages and in all states of health, a failure to diagnose can mean the difference between making a full recovery and facing the risk of life-long complications. A broken bone that goes undiagnosed may not heal properly and result in constant pain and limited mobility. Failure to diagnose cancer may lead to the progression and spreading of the disease, and eventually irreversible damage.

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At Levine Law, our Denver medical malpractice lawyers represent clients whose doctors’ failures to diagnose have resulted in:

  • All forms of cancer
  • Birth injuries
  • Failure to medicate
  • Failure to perform surgery
  • Heart attack
  • Heart conditions from high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Kidney disease and kidney failure
  • Stroke
  • Surgical errors and misconduct
  • Untreated bone fractures and soft tissue injuries
  • Other serious medical conditions

Failure to Treat is Another Cause for Litigation Against Doctors and Hospitals 

Doctors and hospitals have one primary job: to treat their patient’s medical conditions with an appropriate standard of care. Yet, every day, patients’ conditions worsen as their illnesses and injuries go untreated. Failure to treat is among the most common forms of medical malpractice, and it is a costly mistake that can entitle victims and their families to seek just compensation.

Some of the types of issues that can result in failure to treat a patient’s illness or injury include:

  • Emergency room negligence 
  • Failure to diagnose an illness or injury
  • Failure to keep adequate records regarding a patient’s medical condition
  • Failure to order necessary tests or conduct necessary examinations
  • Misdiagnosis of a patient’s medical condition
  • Mixing up patient records
  • Wrong-site surgery and other treatment mistakes

Sadly, failure to treat often does not come to a patient’s attention until his or her condition has worsened substantially. Since we trust our doctors to diagnose and treat our injuries, we assume that they are right when they tell us nothing is wrong, and we assume that everything is “normal” if we experience pain or other symptoms while supposedly receiving treatment. As a result, failure to treat can often result in infections, diseases, and other conditions that are worse than those for which treatment was sought initially.

A Lack of Informed Consent is Grounds for Medical Malpractice Claims

When you seek medical treatment at a hospital, doctor’s office or other medical facilities, you likely signed a number of different forms. One of these was probably an “informed consent” form, which explained in broad terms the risks involved with seeking medical treatment. While healthcare providers use these forms to try to limit their exposure to medical malpractice lawsuits, the reality is that physicians, clinicians and other medical professionals must do much more to ensure that their patients understand the risks that treatment entails.

In order to obtain valid informed consent in Colorado, healthcare providers must:

  • Explain the proposed procedure or course of treatment in language the patient can understand;
  • Explain possible alternate courses of treatment, including those that would involve referral to another facility or specialist;
  • Explain the potential outcomes of the proposed procedure or course of treatment, including risks and benefits; and,
  • Make sure the patient clearly understands all of the above so that he or she can make an informed decision.

With these requirements in mind, you can see that there are a variety of factors that can lead to a lack of informed consent. Rushing through patient visits, not fully diagnosing patients’ conditions and risk factors, and seeking to treat rather than provide a referral is just a few of the issues we see on a regular basis. Are you entitled to compensation? Find out and schedule a free consultation with a Denver medical malpractice lawyer today.

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Reach Out to a Denver Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

If you believe that you or a loved one may have received inadequate medical care, it is important that you seek professional help as soon as possible. This means seeing a qualified specialist about your medical condition and contacting us to speak with a Denver medical malpractice lawyer to find out if you are entitled to financial compensation. Failure to treat can result in substantial medical bills, loss of income, pain, and suffering, and other losses, and patients who suffer as a result of medical mistakes deserve to be fairly compensated.

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