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We trust and rely on our doctors to make the right call when treating our injuries and ailments. Unfortunately, this trust is sometimes unknowingly placed in the hands of inexperienced and/or negligent medical professionals. When physicians make errors, the results can be life-threatening, especially when they take the form of a prescription error, delayed diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. A doctor’s negligence can have deadly consequences, and if you were injured by a doctor’s mistake, you have legal recourse to seek justice.
What Is the Difference Between Malpractice and Negligence?
Is negligence malpractice? Not all medical negligence is malpractice. However, if a reasonable physician would not have acted in the same manner as the doctor that caused your injury, there may be grounds for malpractice.
Medical negligence and malpractice are often used interchangeably, but they are two distinct legal concepts. Medical negligence is when a medical professional deviates from the accepted standards of practice in their profession. On the other hand, medical malpractice occurs when that deviation results in an actionable wrong against someone else. In other words, it is not enough for a doctor to make mistakes; instead, those mistakes must have resulted in some form of injury or damage for which the patient can seek compensation through legal means.
Is Negligence a Reason to Sue Your Doctor?
When a medical professional deviates from the accepted standards of care, resulting in injury or harm to a patient, they have committed medical negligence. If this negligence leads to an actionable wrong against someone else, it is considered medical malpractice and can be grounds for legal action. It is important that those who were injured by a doctor’s mistake seek justice through the courts, as it may be the only way to recover compensation for their injuries. By consulting with an experienced doctor malpractice lawyer in New Mexico, individuals can ensure that they receive the legal representation they need and deserve while seeking justice and restitution for their suffering.
More reasons to sue your doctor include:
- Failure to diagnose a condition or illness, resulting in delayed treatment
- Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage
- Negligently performing a medical procedure or operation
- Failing to obtain informed consent before providing medical treatment
- Making an incorrect diagnosis
- Committing errors during childbirth that harm the mother and/or baby
- Performing surgery on the wrong body part, organ, or patient
- Leaving surgical instruments in a patient’s body after surgery
- Allowing foreign objects to remain inside patients after surgery
- Providing sub-standard care leading to worsened health conditions
Is It Worth Hiring a Lawyer for Medical Malpractice Claim?
Medical providers and their insurance companies fiercely contest malpractice claims. That’s why it’s very important to obtain skilled legal counsel to go up against these companies and fight for your rights in court. An experienced Albuquerque doctor malpractice attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our medical malpractice firm has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to do the same for you. We want to hear your side of the story and fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Can I Sue a Doctor for Malpractice?
In order to have a solid malpractice claim, you need to be able to prove the following:
- That you had a doctor-patient relationship with your doctor; (i.e. the doctor was hired, and agreed to be hired, by you)
- Your doctor was negligent when diagnosing or treating your condition, meaning that they made mistakes that any other competent doctor would not have made
- It was the doctor's negligence that caused your injury, not the preexisting condition
- Your injury resulted in specific financial or emotional damages; (i.e. pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, etc.)
Our malpractice lawyers are ready and willing to help you put together your case and prove the above information in court.
Contact the team at James Wood Law to speak to our knowledgeable, board certified doctor malpractice specialists in Albuquerque.
What Can I Do If My Doctor Was Negligent?
Doctor negligence takes many forms, from failing to get informed consent before starting treatment to misdiagnosing and improper treating a patient. Any breach of these duties can constitute malpractice, and determining the underlying cause of your injury is the first step in securing compensation.
A doctor malpractice specialist at our firm can help you establish a strong case for your malpractice claim. The initial consultation is free, and you won’t pay us anything if we don’t win your case. Please do not hesitate to contact us today if you were the victim of a doctor’s carelessness.
If you believe the injuries you suffered were caused by your doctor’s mistake, we want to help you. Contact our Albuquerque doctor malpractice lawyers at (505) 906-6774 for a free consultation.
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