According the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice is a suit that is brought upon a health care professional when they do something or fail to do something that results in harm of a patient. This can be in the form of a misdiagnosis, birth injuries, a failure to manage an illness properly, poor judgment, or a delay in treatment.
Physicians, surgeons, medical technicians, nurses, and other various health care professionals owe a special duty of care to their patients. When that duty of care is breached, serious injury can occur. It is important to note that medical malpractice does not include every tiny mistake or every unsuccessful treatment. In fact, many health care professionals will do everything right and still have a poor outcome. To prove medical malpractice, you must be able to prove that the medical professional did not provide the appropriate standard of care, and because of that negligence, caused harm to their patient.
In Wisconsin, special laws affect medical malpractice claims in a variety of ways, including a limit on legal fees and filing deadlines. At Levine Lyon & Eisberner LLC, we can help you determine whether or not medical malpractice has occurred and if it has, we can help navigate you through the complex legal process to hold those responsible for your pain and suffering accountable.