When we are injured or sick, we depend on health care professionals to do everything in their power to make us well again. We trust that their expertise and specialized training will have a positive impact on our recovery. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. There are times when doctors and nurses make mistakes that negatively affect our health. When this happens, you may be entitled to damages in a medical malpractice case. This is a complicated process because it must be proven that both a medical professional made a mistake, and that this mistake (or “omission”) caused further injury to the patient.
Medical malpractice can be the result of negligent care, misdiagnosis, or prescribing the wrong medication. Health professionals are required to provide the accepted “standard of care” for every patient based on the patient’s specific needs, illness, injury and age. If it can be proven that the “standard of care” has been breached, then it’s a promising start to a medical malpractice case. However, you must also be able to prove that the medical professional’s mistake caused additional harm or injury. Showing this connection, or “causation,” is usually the hardest part of the claim. It takes an expert witness, such as another doctor, to prove that the “standard of care” was breached and that it caused additional harm.
Unless you have a qualified medical malpractice attorney in your corner, it’s almost impossible for a patient to receive fair compensation. The medical professional’s insurance company will do everything they can to marginalize your claim. As your Wichita attorneys, Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC has the experience and resources necessary to help you recover from medical malpractice. Our Wichita attorneys will help you through every stage of the process, so you and your family can find justice for your pain and suffering.