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Illness or injury to a child is every parent’s worst nightmare. Stress is at its all time high when a family is dealing with medical issues involving a child, and this can be made far worse if the issue of medical malpractice comes into play. After all, in times of medical distress, parents trust that their doctors are going to do right by their child, and when the opposite is true, the consequences can be devastating.
It is important to realize that hospitals and doctors do make mistakes. It is a certainly a high stress profession, and some medical outcomes are inevitable or a result of the way the human body responds to an illness. It is important to know when the outcome is a result of medical malpractice, though, so you can be sure to seek justice.
In order for a mistake to qualify as malpractice, one must be able to prove that the doctor performed negligent actions that resulted in harm to the patient. One key here is the concept of “standard of care,” and that can often make or break a medical malpractice lawsuit. If the doctor does not stray from the standard of care, it can be harder to prove negligence.
For example, assume your doctor chooses a medication that is regularly used to treat your child’s illness, and the child has a bad reaction and a negative outcome. This is likely not the best case against the doctor, as he did not stray from the “standard of care.” However, if the doctor chooses a controversial medication for off-label use, the case is stronger.
Proving medical malpractice is difficult, and involves many professionals in various medical and legal industries. Hiring an experienced attorney is one of the most important steps you can take as you begin to seek reparations for a doctor’s negligence. This is not a task that should be taken lightly, and the sooner you act, the better chance you have for a positive legal outcome.
The Cherry Hill medical malpractice lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. can help determine if your case can be taken to court and can guide you through the process of a medical malpractice lawsuit. We have offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. We are available to work with your schedule and assist you in determining the best route for your case. Contact us online or call us today at 856-354-9444 for a free case review and to learn more about your options.