When we go to the hospital or emergency room, we put our trust in medical professionals to give us the quality care we deserve. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Instead of healing our injuries, the mistakes of doctors, nurses and surgeons sometimes make us feel worse. Medical malpractice occurs when the negligence or careless action of a medical professional directly causes further harm to the patient. This can result in severe physical injury, emotional trauma, brain damage, paralysis, permanent disability, and even wrongful death. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys have seen over the years how medical malpractice destroys the lives of families.
Our Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys Help Medical Malpractice Victims Find Justice
“Accidents sometimes happen in medical procedures, but they are not always cases of malpractice,” explains Chuck Hess, Kansas personal injury attorney. “In order for a medical malpractice claim to be filed, it must be proven that further injury or illness was directly caused by the negligence or careless action of the professional. There are several situations that can lead to a claim.”
Failure to Diagnose, Misdiagnosis & Late Diagnosis
This type of medical malpractice occurs when a professional: fails to find the illness (resulting in no diagnosis at all), incorrectly diagnosing a patient (resulting in the wrong treatment), or diagnosing so late that the treatment can no longer help the patient. All instances have tragic consequences for victims.
When a professional is careless or malicious in their treatment, then it can result in medical malpractice. These are cases when a patient receives care that is below the level required of a “competent doctor.” Examples include: poorly performed surgery, giving an incomplete treatment, and treating patients while distracted by mobile devices.
Failure to Warn Patients of Risks
The duty of “informed consent” requires medical professionals to warn patients of all potential risks regarding a surgery or procedure. In order to give consent, patients need to be clearly informed of all risks so they can decide whether or not to go through with the treatment.
“Depending on the case, victims of medical malpractice are eligible for a variety of damages caused by negligence or careless actions,” says Rob Lee, Kansas personal injury attorney. “Victims may be entitled to compensation for physical and mental pain, medical bills (past and future), lost work wages (past and future), and future earning potential. An additional wrongful death case might also be filed by the family after losing a loved one to medical malpractice.”
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, please contact the Kansas personal injury attorneys of Lee, Gurney & Hess for a free consultation. We have the experience, training and dedication necessary to find the fair compensation you deserve. Our medical malpractice attorneys are honored to serve your case!