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Doctors and healthcare providers serve an important role in our society. We depend upon medical professionals to diagnose our illnesses and treat us when we are sick. Doctors swear an oath to do no harm and healthcare providers are expected to live up to the important role that they play in people’s lives, including the obligation to provide competent medical care.
Unfortunately, sometimes healthcare providers fall short, rendering care that is below the standard accepted in the profession. When doctors and healthcare providers violate these standards of care, they commit medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can have serious consequences for patients who fall victim to carelessness or negligence on the part of medical professionals.
If you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice, it is important to take legal action. The healthcare provider can be held liable for his or her negligent acts and can be required to compensate you for your injuries, including long-term and permanent disabilities. A Denver injury lawyer can explain your rights and help you secure the compensation that you deserve.
The Dangers of Medical Malpractice
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.
Our Denver Injury Attorneys Can Assist with Your Medical Malpractice Claim
When a doctor or care provider is negligent, he or she is responsible for the consequences of their negligence and can be required to compensate the injured patient. Compensation may include payment of medical bills related to the malpractice, as well as lost wages. If the injured patient experiences pain or emotional distress, the healthcare provider may have to compensate the victim for these non-economic losses. Finally, if medical malpractice results in death, then a negligent provider must compensate the surviving family members of the deceased.
Medical malpractice cases can be challenging, because it can often be hard to prove what harm was caused by the healthcare provider’s negligence and what harm was caused by underlying medical problems or illnesses. A Denver injury attorney at Levine Law can help injured victims gather solid medical evidence to support the nature, severity and cause of their injuries. Contact the Denver accident law firm of Levine Law today at (303) 333–8000 to discuss your claim.