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A wrongful death may be the result of medical malpractice but it isn’t always the case. Where medical malpractice deals with issues caused by medical negligence, wrongful death cases can be a result of negligence or misconduct that may have occurred outside the healthcare setting. Wrongful death cases are deeply rooted in the burdens of emotional and financial stress resulting from the loss of a loved one.
Misdiagnosis results in as many as 80,000 deaths annually and billions of dollars of unnecessary medical costs. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can cause lifelong disability or even be fatal. You or your loved one can suffer some serious harm due to improper treatment or required treatment is not provided at the proper time. This can cause you economic and non-economic damages like unnecessary medication or medical treatment causing expense and possible harm, or even surgeries that you would not have needed, which in turn worsen your medical condition.
A deposition is an interview where testimony is provided under oath. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the defendant’s attorney might ask you about your medical history and other related issues. It is important to be prepared for this examination, as the results of the deposition could affect the outcome of the case, and may affect how much damages are eventually awarded.
Determining if your doctor committed malpractice can be difficult. Put simply, your doctor committed malpractice if she deviated from the standard of care and caused you harm. Deviating from the standard of care is when the doctor does something she should not have done, or when she doesn’t do something she should have
Medical malpractice is when a doctor or a medical professional, such as a nurse, acts negligently and harms the patient. In order for a doctor to be considered responsible, a doctor-patient relationship must have existed, and the doctor must have been negligent in treating you. In legal terms, this is referred to as a “deviation from the standard of care.”
The concept of damages is not always explained by the attorney, whether they are physical, financial, or emotional. The extent of a person’s damage will affect the settlement value of the case. People with more serious damage will have cases of higher value. This impacts the attorney’s compensation for the case, as they are paid with a percentage of the settlement value.
Do you find yourself afraid to ask your doctor or nurse questions related to your health care? Perhaps, in the past, you had asked a healthcare provider a question about your health care and it wasn’t answered the right way, so it did not seem worth it to keep asking.