“Everyone makes mistakes” is an oft-repeated adage, but it’s also a vast oversimplification. Although it’s true that no one is perfect, society does hold different standards with respect to how much of a problem someone’s mistake is. The severity of the consequences, as well as the efforts taken to avoid the error’s occurrence, tend to be decisive in the determination of whether the mistake is shrugged off or whether it can be sued over.
One of the more egregious categories of errors is that of medical malpractice. Mistakes involving one’s health can have dire consequences, and malpractice claims focus on those mistakes that should have been avoided. The attorneys at the Barber Law Firm have experience addressing wrongful death and serious injury claims stemming from malpractice, so they can help you get your life back on track and get the compensation you deserve.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Malpractice in medicine doesn’t encompass every error that occurs in the field. Rather, malpractice with respect to medicine applies only where a healthcare provider’s actions are so bad that they meet a standard of professional negligence. In other words, the doctor or other health care provider would have to engage in treatment practices that fall below the accepted standard of care in that field of medicine. This can mean anything from operating on the wrong limb to using an irresponsible, untested technique.
The issues in malpractice cases can be quite complicated and depend on highly fact-specific inquiries, so a licensed Dallas malpractice attorney can help you understand the issues. And because malpractice claims depend on complex issues of fact and law, it’s important that you provide your attorney with all of the details that you can.
Medical Malpractice Issues
One often misunderstood issue in malpractice claims is that such claims are not limited to just doctors and surgeons. Nurses, therapists, and even non-physicians involved in treatment under doctors can be liable in malpractice actions, as just doing what one is told is not a defense. Likewise, malpractice suits may hold those higher up the chain, like people at hospitals and medical organizations, liable through the theory of vicarious liability.
Medical malpractice claims are complex, so a firm with experience is needed. Call the Barber Law Firm at 972-525-2550 to explore your legal options in a free consultation.