We put our trust in healthcare providers to help keep us healthy – not harm us. While most doctors, nurses, and other medical staff are excellent at the different types of patient care, some make mistakes that leave lasting or permanent damage. This blog will explain Minnesota medical malpractice law and what to do if you suffered injuries because of medical errors or wrongdoing.
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Many medical errors are preventable. They are often the result of negligence on the part of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and others who failed to meet the standard of care they are ethically responsible to maintain. The medical malpractice attorney at Morris Law Group can be your voice to fight a system that is set up to protect those whose mistakes do us harm instead of good. Call 952.832.2000 or set up your free consultation via our home page.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
According to Minnesota law, medical malpractice is an action taken by a former patient or a patient against a healthcare provider for alleged medical malpractice, error, mistake, or failure to care. For a successful medical malpractice claim, you must prove four distinct elements – duty, breach, causation, and damages. This means that you must show that the healthcare provider had a duty or a responsibility to provide a certain level of care, that the provider breached or failed to meet that duty, that the healthcare provider’s failure to fulfill his or her duty caused your injuries, and that the incident in question led to damages.
Common Medical Malpractice Claims
There are many kinds of medical malpractice claims that patients pursue against healthcare providers in Minnesota. According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, more than 250,000 Americans die annually from medical errors, so medical malpractice is the nation’s third-leading cause of death. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that 99 percent of physicians face at least one lawsuit by the time they reach 65 years of age.
Some of the more common causes for medical malpractice claims include:
- Injuries and infections from surgeries. Many malpractice cases arise from injuries and mistakes from a surgical procedure, or from serious infections arising from surgery.
- Childbirth injuries – these injuries can be the result of substandard prenatal care, failure to recognize fetal distress, failure to perform a C-section when needed, improper use of forceps or use of force when removing the baby, the umbilical cord cuts off the baby’s oxygen supply, or the baby is mishandled or dropped during childbirth.
- Prescription drug mistakes – these errors are caused by prescribing a wrong dosage, failing to notice potential drug interactions or checking for allergies, prescribing the wrong drug for a medical condition, administering the wrong drug, or failing to recognize signs of abuse or overdose.
- Failure to treat – a patient is released from the hospital too soon, proper medical tests are not ordered, there are no instructions regarding follow-up care, or not properly reviewing the patient’s medical history when deciding on treatment or prescribing drugs.
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis – mislabeled test or lab results, lost test results, errors when conducting medical testing, failure to refer the patient to a specialist, failure to order appropriate testing, or neglecting clinical signs and symptoms.
There are many other ways that medical malpractice could occur as well. If you suspect you have been a victim of medical malpractice, consult with an attorney immediately.
Damages For Medical Malpractice
If you suffered a medical malpractice, you could recover a variety of damages, including the cost of medical care and future medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, any short-term or long-term disabilities, permanent scarring, and disfigurement. Minnesota law gives you four years to pursue a medical malpractice claim, and if you wait too long you cannot recoup damages.
If you believe you suffered because of medical malpractice in Minnesota, call Morris Law Group for a consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Remember, your first consultation is free. Fill out our confidential contact form to get started.
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