Medical Malpractice Attorney
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is when a patient receives medical care that is deemed below the appropriate standard for a health care provider. Health care providers are doctors and nurses, but can also include the hospital where you were treated and hospital employees that work there.
A medical malpractice suit involves proving that a doctor or other healthcare provider have violated the appropriate standard of care. The Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act defines standard of care as what a minimally competent physician in the same field would be expected to do in comparable circumstances. In most cases, our medical providers are our guides through our minor and major medical issues. Medicine is a very complex topic, and sometimes there are mistakes or failures of judgement.
What is Considered a Malpractice Claim?
Unfortunately, medical mistakes can have very permanent consequences. Sometimes people even die from them. To make matters worse, these types of mistakes are expensive to take to court, challenging to prove, and often require a panel of experts. A bad medical outcome is not a guarantee of medical malpractice. Types of common malpractice as as follows:
- Failure to Diagnose / Misdiagnosis -If a doctors fails to diagnose a condition for an extended period of time, or misdiagnoses it as something else entirely, then sometimes a patient can miss out of crucial, even lifesaving treatments. Being misdiagnosed can also lead to unnecessary, or even harmful interventions and treatments for the patient.
- Surgical Mistakes -Accidents can happen during surgery, but sometimes medical staff are negligent. Medical charts can be misread and procedures might happen on the wrong site or surgical equipment might be left inside the patient’s body. Post surgical care and guidance might be insufficient or improper and lead to infections and injury.
- Medication Errors -Medication errors are common. The wrong class of drug might be prescribed, a nurse might administer the wrong dosage, or medical staff might overlook a serious drug interaction or allergy.
At the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we are a full-service personal injury law firm with the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to help determine if medical malpractice has occurred, and to seek appropriate compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if negligence has resulted. We will thoroughly assess your case and help advise you as to your best course of action.
We are committed to strong advocacy on our clients’ behalf. If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice, we will fight as hard as we can to get the compensation you need and deserve from negligent providers.
You are invited to contact us today to discuss your concerns.