It’s reported that the doctor who performed surgery on the late Joan Rivers took a “selfie” during the procedure before she died. The celebrity’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, is suing Dr. Korovan for negligence. Rivers had gone in for a routine endoscopy to explore the reasons why her voice had become raspy. Upon discovering “something” on Rivers’ vocal cord, the doctor attempted to biopsy it when her patient went into cardiac respiratory arrest. In the days following, Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81. Was the doctor at fault for Rivers’ death? Time will tell.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is defined when a doctor or another medical professional (like a nurse or technician) does or doesn’t do something that causes injury or harm to the patient. The act, or failure to act (called an “omission”) on the part of the medical professional is called “medical negligence.”
What is Medical Negligence?
Medical negligence can happen at any time during medical treatment. If your doctor made a mistake diagnosing your illness, or didn’t give you the proper treatment or medication for that illness, a mistake or omission may have occurred, which implies medical negligence.
How is Medical Negligence determined?
The key in determining medical negligence is the standard of care. Standard of care is defined as whatever method or methods are generally accepted and used other medical professionals in comparable surrounding areas to treat or care for patients under the same or similar circumstances.
What must you do to prove injury or damage due to negligence?
To prove negligence, malpractice or negligence you must:
- be able to show the mistake caused you damage or further harm.
- prove the injury is connected to the negligence, which is called “causation.”
Caulfield Premises Liability Attorneys
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