Goldsboro Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Placing yourself under the care of a medical practitioner or any health care provider comes with the expectation that you will receive competent service and treatment. Your care should align with best practices in the provider’s field. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In today’s society, medical errors and negligence do occur, causing injury and even death in patients. This is called medical malpractice and researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have claimed that it is the third leading cause of death in this country. The term “never event” was coined to describe the type of medical incidents that should never occur; they are negligence-based events that can lead to patient injury and death.
Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex. They demand the services of experienced and qualified attorneys who understand the pertinent laws, how to fully investigate such cases, how to prove them in court through documentation and expert evidence, and how to help injured patients or the families of deceased patients who have died in these cases seek compensation for their losses. At Strickland Agner Pittman, our team is well equipped to help you hold medical providers accountable in claims and lawsuits.
Medical Malpractice in North Carolina
Medical errors and negligence can occur in many scenarios by many different practitioners and professionals.
Examples of medical malpractice can include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room errors
- Medication errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Pharmacy errors
- Birth injuries
- Postoperative negligence
Errors and negligence can be committed not only by physicians and surgeons but nurses, lab technicians, therapists, dentists, cosmetic surgeons, psychiatrists, chiropractors, and any other healthcare practitioner. Hospitals can also be held responsible for medical malpractice depending on the circumstances.
Standard of Care by Medical/Healthcare Professionals
These cases are based on evidence that the practitioner failed to meet the accepted standard of care established in his or her field. Standard of care refers to the concept that practitioners possess the training, skills, and ability required in their fields, that they use reasonable care in applying that knowledge and skill, and their best judgment is used in treating and caring for the patient.
Examples of deviations from accepted standards of care could include giving a patient the wrong medication or wrong dose of medication, failing to order or interpret proper diagnostic tests, wrong-site surgery, failing to send the patient to a specialist, and failing to recognize symptoms of a disease or negative medical condition. This list is far from exhaustive; errors, negligence, and lack of proper judgment can occur in countless ways.
Learn more about your case by speaking with a Goldsboro medical malpractice attorney in a free consultation. Contact Strickland Agner Pittman at (919) 893-0090 or submit our online contact form today.
Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits are among the most challenging in the personal injury field. You will need a law firm that knows what it takes to build these cases through the meticulous process of gathering proper evidence that will stand up in court.
Our team puts experience and dedication on your side in seeking the compensation you deserve for such damages as your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.