What You Need To Know about Medical Neglect And Malpractice
Medical neglect could never happen to you – right? As frightening as it is to think about, there is a chance that this or another form of medical malpractice may impact you or someone you love at some point in your life. There are a few things about malpractice that you should know in order to safeguard yourself in case it ever happens to you. The attorneys at Friedman and Friedman offer the following information about medical malpractice in Florida:
What are the basic facts about medical malpractice? Here is what you need to know:
- Malpractice can happen at virtually any stage of the interaction between healthcare provider and patient.
- Malpractice can result from a provider's action or inaction.
- An incidence of malpractice may take place in a clinical or non-clinical setting.
- There must be clear evidence that a doctor-patient relationship exists in order for medical neglect to constitute malpractice.
Neglect Is A Form Of Malpractice
Older adults are especially vulnerable to medical neglect. Nursing homes and other assisted living facilities are not traditional clinical environments, but a clear professional relationship exists between the residents and the medical care providers on staff. Nurses, doctors, and orderlies all have to be mindful of the needs of patients. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect at the hands of care providers in nursing homes is all too common.
Prompt action is necessary when confronted with an instance of malpractice or neglect. A lawyer can tell you what you need to know about filing a malpractice claim. Make sure you protect your rights and the rights of your loved ones by contacting an experienced medical malpractice lawyer today. Call Friedman & Friedman now at (305) 446-6485 (toll free 800-446-6482) to receive a FREE case consultation.