Providence Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Need a Providence Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
It is a fact; more people die annually in the U.S. from medical errors than from freeway collisions, breast cancer or AIDS. The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, acting as a federal advisory panel on medical malpractice, reported an alarming increase in the number of medical malpractice claims. The panel’s report cited studies placing the death toll due to medical negligence at over 225,000 in the U.S. each year.
A Providence Medical Malpractice Lawyer Knows
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice in Providence can be committed by anyone directly involved in giving care to the patient: emergency medical services, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, dentists, and pharmacists. This is just a short list of medical care givers. In order to prove that the care giver has committed medical malpractice, you must show that an act or omission by a medical provider has deviated from accepted standards of practice in the medical community. The patient then must suffer some harm, injury or death, as a result of the deviation. Medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence.
We handle medical malpractice in Providence, RI and surrounding areas. When medical neglect happens to you or a loved one you need a medical malpractice lawyer, someone who can help you now, not only to correct the wrong that has happened but to prevent the same harm to others. Call us we are here to help. Our medical malpractice attorneys will guide you through the process, and help protect you and your loved ones so call us now at 1-800-529-1222.
What is Informed Consent?
Informed consent is a patient’s legal and ethical right to decide what is done to his or her body and from the physician’s ethical duty to make sure that individuals are involved in decisions about their own health care. The process of securing informed consents has three phases, all of which involve information exchanged between doctor and patient and are part of patient education. First, in words an individual can understand, the physician must convey the details of a planned procedure or treatment, its potential benefits and serious risks, and any suitable alternatives. The patient should be presented with information on the most likely outcomes of the treatment. Second, the physician must evaluate whether or not the person has understood what has been said and has given knowing consent. Finally, the individual must sign the consent form; remember that the mere signature is not enough to show consent. The patient must have given consent knowing and understanding all of the risks imposed.
An Attorney Can Help With Birth Injuries, Too
A birth injury can be the result of a number of factors, many of which are preventable. Below are some examples of healthcare negligence that might cause a birth injury.
- Incorrect use of forceps during delivery. This might result in lacerations to the child or more severe injuries, like head injuries.
- Improper use of vacuum extraction devices during delivery. This might result in bleeding in or around the brain.
- Failure to respond to signs of fetal distress. This ultimately could result in lack of oxygen to the fetus, which can result in a number of injuries.
- Failure to monitor mother and child properly. Similarly, failure to monitor might lead to fetal distress.
- Negligent cesarean delivery. This might include neglecting to take proper precautions when performing this surgery.
While some birth injuries, such as minor brachial plexus injuries, bruises or abrasions will heal completely with time, other injuries, such as neurological injuries, may result in long-term complications for the affected child.