Bethlehem Medical Injuries
Medical professionals and staff generally put forth their best efforts to ensure that they are providing a patient care experience that meets the accepted standard of care for such services, but sometimes, the standard of care is simply inadequate. In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, all healthcare providers (including doctors, nurses, and other medical staff) must adhere to certain professional standards. If they fail to meet these standards, and as a consequence of such negligence the patient suffers a medical injury, the law may entitle the patient to damages.
For example, a nurse may be tasked with setting up an IV catheter for a patient. There are certain accepted industry standards for how the nurse must setup the IV catheter to ensure that it is safely administered. These standards also influence the frequency with which nursing staff must inspect the IV setup.
Common Medical Malpractice Negligence
Medical injuries in Bethlehem can be caused by a variety of negligent acts in the healthcare context. These include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Failure to diagnose in a timely manner, or misdiagnosis
- Inadequate monitoring of patient’s condition
- Failure of non-professional to properly and timely notify the relevant professionals when necessary
- Inadequate or incorrect patient instructions
- Surgical errors
- Use of un-sanitized medical tools
- Exposure of patient to potential infection risks
- Failure to administer injection correctly
Whether a healthcare provider’s mistake constitutes medical malpractice negligence is a complicated assessment that depends on the particular facts and circumstances of the case at-issue. For example, a Bethlehem patient may acquire a serious infection in the hospital following a significant, hours-long organ surgery. The treating surgeon may have adhered to the acceptable standard of care given his specialization, but sometimes, the odds are just not in the patient’s favor. Even with every “controllable” aspect of surgery executed correctly, the patient may have acquired a damaging infection — this may simply be a low-level, inherent risk of the surgery that the patient went through.
Call to Speak with an Experienced Bethlehem Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have suffered a medical injury in Bethlehem due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff, then you may be entitled to damages as compensation for your injuries. Medical malpractice claims can be incredibly difficult to litigate, however, thanks in large part to the fact that the defendants — medical professionals and related staff — are generally well-respected and enjoy a level of prestige and privilege in society such that juries often “trust” their side of the story. Further, in medical malpractice lawsuits, you will have to litigate against insurance companies and hospitals/clinics that have a tendency to aggressively defend against such lawsuits and have the resources necessary to introduce top-level medical experts to testify in their favor.
Your best chance of success in bringing a Pennsylvania medical malpractice claim is to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who has proven results. In one recent example, the attorneys here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, litigated a medical malpractice case and obtained a $350k jury verdict in favor of our client.
Call 888-777-7098 today to setup a free consultation with one of the Bethlehem personal injury lawyers here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC. We look forward to speaking with you.