Proving Medical Negligence in a Malpractice Case

Proving medical negligence is the basis for a successful medical malpractice claim, but it’s also a major hurdle in many cases. Often, when a patient suffers injuries during medical treatment, it’s challenging to prove that negligence took place, show how serious the negligent behavior was, and establish the harm it caused.  

Keep reading to learn about what defines medical negligence and find out how the expertise of a skilled and experienced attorney can make all the difference when filing a medical malpractice claim.  

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When Are Medication Side Effects Grounds for a Lawsuit?

Everyone who’s taken prescription drugs understands they have side effects. It’s the price we pay to access the incredible healing power of our best medications. 

Unfortunately, the system for approving prescription drugs isn’t perfect, and some drugs make it to market when they shouldn’t. These drugs have serious side effects that may outweigh their benefits. Even worse, patients who take these drugs often never receive proper warning about the risks to make informed decisions before taking them. 

Just because a drug has been approved, however, doesn’t mean the manufacturer is protected from liability. When a prescription drug maker pushes a medication with adverse side effects to market and fails to warn patients about the dangers, the patients affected have the right to file a lawsuit and hold the drug company accountable for the harm they’ve caused. 

So what types of medication side effects can provide grounds for a “bad drug” lawsuit? In this article, we’ll talk about some different scenarios and explain what you can do if you’ve suffered harm because you took unsafe medication. 

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“Approved” Medical Devices Can Still Put Patients in Danger

Patients place a great deal of trust in their doctors as well as the drugs, procedures, and devices those doctors recommend. For most people, this is a necessary part of receiving medical treatment since very few people have the time or technical training to weigh the pros and cons of every treatment option. 

In addition to their trust in their doctor, most of these patients operate on faith that the government wouldn’t allow dangerous devices and medications onto the market. Unfortunately, the systems that review and approve medical devices in the United States sometimes allow problem devices to slip through the cracks.  

In this blog article, we’ll explore the loopholes and regulatory gaps that allow defective medical devices to reach the market and sometimes stay there. We’ll also discuss what questions you should ask before using medical devices and the steps you can take if you’ve been harmed by one.

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Is It Medical Malpractice? Understanding the Law in Oklahoma

We place a lot of trust in our doctors, nurses, and hospitals. When medical mistakes occur and lead to health complications and other bad outcomes, it’s understandable for the victims to feel angry, confused, and betrayed. But how can you know whether the mistake that injured you constitutes medical malpractice? 

After all, doctors are just humans like the rest of us, and they’re charged with performing incredibly complex and demanding tasks. Even the best surgeons and specialists in the world can make errors that harm patients, despite trying their best. But sometimes patients suffer harm because doctors and nurses engage in unsafe and dangerous practices, and those mistakes may lead to valid medical malpractice claims. 

In this article, we’ll do our best to explain the difference in everyday terms. 

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What You Need to Know Before Suing a Hospital for Malpractice 

Medical malpractice takes place whenever a healthcare professional falls short of or fails to meet professional medical standards. If a doctor prescribes a certain medicine or suggests a certain standard treatment but it does not work on the patient, the patient cannot blame the doctor. However, if the doctor prescribed a non-standard medicine or an … Read moreWhat You Need to Know Before Suing a Hospital for Malpractice 

Dangers associated with Mirena IUDs

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In 2001, Bayer Pharmaceuticals introduced Mirena to the American market, an intrauterine device (IUD) that promises to be 99% effective for 3 to 5 years. It is prescribed as birth control, as a treatment for heavy menstruation and as part of estrogen replacement therapy. Those using it as birth control, get it inserted into their … Read moreDangers associated with Mirena IUDs

How drugs are deemed harmful

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Prescription medications and drugs in general can be extremely helpful in treating injuries and ailments, but they can also cause a lot of harm. Unfortunately, drugs are oftentimes misused or prescribed by doctors for something they were not intended to treat. When this happens, it can lead to devastating side effects, and even death. As … Read moreHow drugs are deemed harmful

Understanding Umbilical Cord Injuries and Medical Malpractice

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Birth injuries are extremely serious, especially when they could have been prevented. As any parent can attest to, you rely on the experience and knowledge of doctors and nursing staff to ensure your child is delivered without issue. When a trusted medical staff member acts negligently, resulting in injury – or worse – to your … Read moreUnderstanding Umbilical Cord Injuries and Medical Malpractice

New Study Highlights Seriousness of Medical Errors in Surgery

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We are all aware of how serious and life-changing medical errors can be, especially if they occur during surgery. In fact, a mistake or error in judgment made during surgery can result in permanent, devastating injuries for the patient. According to a recent study, medication errors occur in nearly half of all surgeries, and about … Read moreNew Study Highlights Seriousness of Medical Errors in Surgery