Medical Malpractice — When A Health Care Professional Did Not Follow Standards Of Care

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Doctors and other health care providers are supposed to make us better. This is what we naturally expect when we entrust our health and well-being to their care. Or, if they cannot make us well, they are expected, at least, to do no harm. An injury caused by a negligent care provider can leave behind not only devastating physical and financial consequences, but also a deep feeling of betrayal.

Examples of grievous medical malpractice include the following when they lead to serious injury or death of a patient:

  • Surgical errors
    • Foreign object left in body
    • Surgery on wrong part of the body
  • Birth injuries
  • Emergency room errors
  • Medication errors
  • Misdiagnosis
    • Failure to diagnose

If you have suffered an injury or someone you love has died due to medical malpractice, the personal injury lawyers at Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A. are available to assist you in seeking compensation.

FYI: About Medical Negligence

There are groups in the United States, primarily insurance companies and physicians, that seem to feel that there are too many frivolous lawsuits against health care providers. This sentiment sometimes blocks people's ability to pursue justifiable compensation after a medical mistake.

Many careful studies have found that the claim about frivolous lawsuits cannot be substantiated. In Minnesota, at the time of filing a lawsuit against a physician, for example, a claimant must present an affidavit from another physician. The affidavit verifies that the doctor being sued did, in fact, violate the standard of care (the care normally used in similar circumstances by physicians in good standing), and that the defendant-physician's violation of the standard of care caused the claimant's injuries. This requirement ensures that only those cases in which the claimant has a good faith basis to believe that malpractice occurred ever reach the courthouse.

Timing Matters — Talk To An Attorney Without Delay

The law requires medical malpractice cases to be commenced within a certain amount of time, or you lose your right to present any claim. To discuss the particulars of your case, get in touch with an experienced Minnesota medical malpractice attorney today. Call our offices in Waseca at 507-835-5240, in Owatonna at 507-451-9000, in Faribault at 507-332-7425 or in Janesville at 507-234-5106, or call 1-888-835-5244 toll-free.