Medical Negligence Lawyers
According to the World Health Organization, Australia has one of the highest rates of medical errors in the world. Every day, patients trust their highly trained and skilled doctors to give them the right diagnosis, careful surgeries, and accurate prescription medications. We hold doctors and other medical professionals to a high standard because they are dealing with something very precious—our health and our lives. We expect them to be very careful, think things through, and provide their best efforts in both surgery and care. Unfortunately, however, not every doctor or medical professional will do this.
What is Medical Negligence?
Negligence is usually defined as a careless act. In the medical setting, we determine whether someone is negligent by comparing what another medical professional would have done if they had similar training and were in the same situation. We refer to this comparison as the “standard of care.” If a medical professional violates this standard, then you may have a legal claim for any resulting injuries or future medical problems.
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Medical negligence cases are also known as medical malpractice. They have this special term because of the standard of care used in these types of cases. It recognizes that medical professionals are in fact professionals, and they are held to a higher standard than the average person who does not have any medical training.
Keep in mind that not every poor medical outcome is considered medical negligence. Sometimes surgeries that are performed very well still have bad results. You will need to have your claim evaluated by a seasoned medical negligence attorney to determine whether you have a viable claim against a medical professional.
Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
When you are injured in a medical malpractice case, you may need additional medical care. That can be extremely expensive, including surgeries or extended stays in the hospital. A medical negligence case would allow you to claim these expenses as damages, and if you prove your case, with the help of experienced medical malpractice lawyers, then you may be able to get a form of reimbursement for these expenses.
Other potential damages may include:
- Lost income while recovering from your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Lost future income because you cannot work at all in the future or in the same position you were in before the accident
- Medical expenses including surgery, physical therapy, medication, and other services designed to help you recover
Getting Started on Your Case
Once you contact a law firm to determine whether you have a viable case, the firm will start investigating. Part of this investigation process will be getting other doctors’ opinions about the error that you argue the doctor made. We ask the question—would this other doctor have done the same thing in your situation? If not, then your case will likely move forward. This is a very important step in the investigation process.
That also means that you will need to provide specific information about your treatment, care, and injuries. For some people, this can be extremely difficult. However, the team at Compensation Lawyers understands what you are going through. We offer compassionate legal services that keep your needs first. Give us a call today for a free consultation.
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