You Should Always Receive the Best Possible Medical Care
Medical malpractice is a form of negligence where injury results from the failure of a medical professional or facility (such as a doctor, nurse, medical technician, psychiatrist, hospital, or healthcare facility) to exercise adequate care, skill, or diligence in their professional treatment of patients. Located at 622 Jackson Avenue in Charleston, IL, Smith Law, Ltd. is here to represent you if you are a victim of medical malpractice.
The determination of whether duty of care is met depends upon the standard of care for that professional or facility in their community. In other words, the applicable duty arises from the accepted practices of other professionals or facilities in the same field and geographical area.
In the case of a doctor who is a medical specialist, the standard of care is determined by the standard of good medical practice in that specialty within the community.
Examples of medical malpractice include:
Failure to diagnose
Errors in prenatal diagnostic testing
Failure to advise patient of diagnosis
Lack of informed consent
Failure to attend to patient
Improperly prescribing a drug
Failure to inform patient of available treatment
Continuing treatment was shown to be ineffective
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The Duties of Medical Professionals
The duty of a medical professional is not to cure or guarantee a good outcome from treatment. Medical malpractice does not occur every time medical treatment is not successful.
Rather, the duty is to provide good medical care according to accepted standards in the community or, in the case of a specialist, accepted standards in that medical specialty.
Medicine is not an exact science and doctors are not required to be right every time they make a diagnosis. A misdiagnosis can occur even when all the proper tests are performed accurately or evaluated by a skilled doctor with the utmost care.
A misdiagnosis becomes malpractice, however, if the doctor fails to get a medical history, order the appropriate tests, or recognize observable symptoms of the illness.
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If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a potential case of medical malpractice, get in touch with Smith Law, Ltd. or fill out this easy case form.
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