The Team at Ragain & Clark Holds Wyoming Medical Professionals Accountable
Unfortunately, when Wyoming residents need medical care they do not always receive the proper level of care. If you or a loved one have been the victim of medical negligence, a Cody medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you hold the hospital or medical professional accountable.
Our Cody Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains How Mistakes Happen
Medical malpractice usually involves negligent conduct by health care providers such as doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and other staff. One common reason that medical malpractice happens is the misdiagnosis of a medical condition. Other issues that may cause malpractice include failure to follow professionally accepted standards of care, errors in collecting and processing lab samples, prescribing the wrong drugs, failure to consider drug interactions, contaminated blood transfusions, leaving instruments or sponges inside of a patient, and delayed diagnosis.
These types of medical malpractice cases can occur in a variety of different health care settings such as hospitals, surgery centers, doctor offices, onsite health clinics, and more. They also can occur in any medical practice area by a variety of different medical staff members.
Medical Negligence vs. Medical Malpractice in Wyoming
Medical mistakes can cause serious harm, especially in the medical field. Negligence is defined by state law and is defined when a duty that was owed was breached (among other elements). Medical negligence, in general, is typically when a health care provider (such as a doctor or nurse) fails to provide patient care that is at the accepted professional standard of care which could cause the patient harm. For example, the failure to recognize symptoms of a heart attack may be considered medical negligence.
Medical malpractice is when a health care professional fails to provide a patient with the accepted standard of care which then actually causes the patient harm, injury, and/or death. Examples of medical malpractice include performing surgery on the wrong body part, leaving an instrument inside of a patient, and performing the wrong procedure on a patient.
Typically, to prove a medical malpractice claim with a Cody medical malpractice attorney, you must be able to prove that medical negligence occurred. With medical malpractice, typically a medical professional knowingly did not follow through with the proper standard of care, whereas medical negligence is often an unintended mistake.
A Cody Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Also Handle Your Medication Error Claim
There are many different ways that medication errors can occur. The following are some of the most common medication errors:
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication to a patient
- Prescribing or administering the wrong dosage
- Prescribing a medication that reacts negatively to medications the patient is already taking
- Prescribing a medication that the patient is allergic to
- Failing to warn of common side effects
- Mislabeling the medication
Some of these errors can result in serious additional illnesses and even death. Unfortunately, proving the extent of your illness caused by a medication error can be very difficult. For this reason, we recommend that you speak with a Cody medical malpractice attorney if you have suffered from a medication error.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Cody Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Have you suffered losses due to negligent medical care in Cody, Wyoming? Contact a Cody medical malpractice lawyer today. Our aggressive attorneys hold hospitals accountable and have extensive experience handling disputes in Wyoming and understand how to maximize the value of your claim.
A Cody personal injury attorney has over 40 years of experience in trialing medical malpractice cases and represents clients from an office conveniently located in Worland for our Wyoming clients to meet with us in person when necessary. We look forward to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.