Stroudsburg Medical Injury Attorney
Despite the fact that many healthcare professionals in Stroudsburg do work hard to ensure that their patients are provided with the best treatment available, the unfortunate reality is that some healthcare professionals fail their patients, and in doing so, can cause serious medical injuries.
For example, a surgeon who makes the mistake of forgetting to fully assess the patient’s prior treatment history may not recognize that the patient has a rare condition that could be worsened by the planned surgery. A nurse who is exhausted and frustrated may quickly jam a catheter into a patient’s arm, not realizing that they have inserted it incorrectly, thus exposing the patient to a serious infection risk.
The Standard of Care is a Fundamental Issue
In most medical malpractice lawsuits, the standard of care lies at the heart of the legal conflict. As a plaintiff, you can only hold the defendant liable if they have violated the standard of care, and in doing so, caused you to suffer injuries. Even if the Stroudsburg healthcare professional at-issue made a mistake and caused you injuries, they cannot be held liable unless you can demonstrate that other similarly-positioned professionals would not have made the same mistake.
The standard of care in the medical context is rather dynamic, however, and depends largely on the circumstances. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. For example, the standard of care required of a radiologist diagnosing cancer using an image will likely be different than the standard of care required of a generalist diagnosing cancer with the same tools.
Factors that influence the standard of care include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Training, experience, skill
- Geographic location
- Specialization of the healthcare professional
- Tools available to the professional
- Time concerns
- And more
Examples of Negligence Leading to Medical Injuries
With respect to medical injuries, negligence that often leads to such injuries includes:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
- Inadequate training
- Failure to properly supervise professionals
- Negligent administration of procedure
- Failure to consider patient’s medical history
- Provision of incorrect instructions
- Errors in surgery
- Failure to get a second opinion
- Failure to consistently monitor the patient
- And more
Speak With a Qualified Stroudsburg Medical Injury Attorney
Here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, our attorneys boast nearly a century of combined experience representing clients in a range of injury and medical malpractice actions. We are committed to client-centered advocacy, and we believe that this approach has led to demonstrable success in the litigation context. We enjoy a long track record of success in helping our clients obtain the compensation they deserve, with several recent verdicts in the millions.
Medical malpractice claims can be quite difficult to litigate, given the immense resources (and aggressive stance) that defendants bring to bear. If you have been injured due to the medical negligence of a physician, for example, the defendant (i.e., their insurer who has stepped in to defend them on their behalf) will almost certainly argue that they have not violated the standard of care required. They will then introduce expert medical witnesses with impressive credentials to support their arguments and discredit yours. Overcoming this well-oiled machine is difficult, but is certainly possible — you’ll need the assistance of an experienced Stroudsburg medical injury attorney, however.
Call (888) 777-7098 to speak with a medical injury attorney here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, today. Your initial consultation is free. During this consultation, our attorneys will consider your various claims and will work with you to determine how to move forward with litigation.