Did you know that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States? That’s number three after heart disease and cancer. Malpractice is when a provider of care (medical care) performs at a level that is less than the “standard of care”. The term standard of care means what a medical provider would or would’nt do in a similar case. Was the medical care received negligent? That is medical malpractice. Medical malpractice accounts for the deaths of more than 200,00 people each year in the United States. If you, or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, you want to seek the legal advise of a competent Malpractice Lawyer Tulsa.
The laws concerning medical malpractice vary greatly from state to state and are extremely complicated. There are several different types of medical malpractice and your case will be unique and specific. There are three basic types of medical malpractice: improper treatment, failure to inform and failure to diagnose.
Improper treatment means that the doctor treated the patient in a manner that was not considered standard and in a manner that no other competent doctor would have. Examples of improper treatment include giving a patient the incorrect prescription medication, failing to provide the proper medication, making a mistake by performing surgery on incorrect body part, or using wrong or outdated treatment methods.
Failure to inform is also known as informed consent. This means that you should have been warned, usually a written warning, about any and all risks associated with a particular type of surgical procedure, medication or other course of treatment. If you have not been informed of any known risks and you feel that you would not have chosen to go through with the procedure had you known the risks, that doctor may be liable for malpractice.
Failure to diagnose means that another competent doctor would have diagnosed a condition, or would have diagnosed the condition in a more timely manner. Sometimes the outcome of a condition or illness is greatly influenced by early and timely diagnosis and treatment.
For advice and any questions you may have on your issue, contact a Malpractice Lawyer Tulsa, Donald Cummings & Associates.
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