Medical Malpractice Lawyer Las Vegas
Although the vast majority of physicians and other medical providers routinely strive to provide their patients with optimal care, things can sometimes take a drastic and unexpected turn for the worse. In some cases, a consultation with the responsible medical provider is all it will take to remedy the situation. If not, it might be time to consider your legal options and talking to a personal injury attorney.
A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When incompetence on the part of a doctor or other health professional has resulted in death, injury or the worsening of an already existing condition, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. To determine whether this is actually the case, you need to ask yourself:
- Is my medical condition improving? If yours remains the same or even gets worse, you could be the victim of a misdiagnosis, improper medication or surgical error.
- Has the doctor double-checked his findings? Any single lab test is subject to misinterpretation or contamination, and if it should point to a condition that requires treatment, a competent physician will order a retest to verify that fact.
- Has the physician followed standard procedures? Esoteric remedies may have their place, but a competent medical professional will be willing to fall back on orthodox methods if required.
- Did my health care provider perform an adequate follow-up? A competent physician will never leave you to fend for yourself.
- Does the doctor refuse to answer my questions? An evasive physician could be covering up an error.
Any deviation from a customary and expected level of health care that has led directly to a patient’s death or injury can serve as the basis for a malpractice suit. While there is no limit on the various types of medical mistake, most will fall into one of the following categories.
Without a proper diagnosis, you’ll never get the treatment you need. Misdiagnoses can happen when the attending physician:
- Fails to follow proper testing procedures.
- Misinterprets the test results.
- Omits one or more important facts from the differential diagnosis.
- Misunderstands the severity of the symptoms.
- Makes the correct diagnosis too late to intervene.
- Neglects to make a diagnosis of any sort.
In addition to the physician’s misinterpretation of test results, the people or laboratories involved in any aspect of its administration might also be responsible for any subsequent misdiagnosis.
Between 6 and 20 percent of all medical malpractice suits result from mistakes in prescribing antibiotics, steroids, anticoagulants, opiates, psychotropic substances and other potentially dangerous medications. These errors can be fatal and often involve elderly patients who ingest an assortment of medications on a daily basis.
Negligence or deviation from standard operating procedures that directly cause significant damage to the patient will often merit a surgical malpractice suit. The harm might be due to miscommunication, surgical error or inadequate post-operative care and can involve:
- Unsanitary conditions leading to infection.
- Operation on the wrong body part.
- Instruments left inside the patient.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Surgery performed for no valid reason.
Surgical errors can occur before, during or after the operation, and although many are directly attributable to the attending surgeon, a member of the surgical team might be equally at fault.
Failure to Inform
Before administering treatment or performing any medical procedure, the doctor must ensure that the patient fully understands all associated dangers and is willing to take the risk. Many modern physicians will obtain a written consent to serve as proof of this understanding.
Nevertheless, there are certain times during which a doctor may legally neglect to inform without fear of repercussion. These situations include emergencies or when dealing with an anxious individual for whom detailed knowledge of the risks involved might be damaging in and of itself.
Proving the Medical Malpractice Case
Winning a medical malpractice suit involves proving that negligence on the part of a medical practitioner or institution is directly responsible for causing harm. The adverse results can include:
- Pain and suffering.
- Additional medical costs.
- Decline in physical or sexual capability.
- Loss of current or future earning capacity.
- Diminished ability to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
In addition to being foreseeable, the harm in question must have resulted directly from inadequate, incompetent or negligent medical treatment.
Weiner Law Group Can Help
If medical negligence is directly responsible for having caused your current suffering, the expert attorneys at Weiner Law Group can help. While the exact nature of any individual case may be unique, your odds of winning a medical malpractice lawsuit are particularly favorable if we are able to prove that treatment by a more competent physician might have led to a better outcome. Don’t suffer any longer than you have to. Call the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Weiner Law Group at 702-202-0500 for a free consultation. We will use every means at our disposal to win you the compensation you deserve.