Medical malpractice law is highly specialised and is subject to legal principles and rules of procedure that differ from other areas of the law. If you’re a victim of medical malpractice, it’s imperative that you consult an attorney with expertise in this complex field of law.
It’s not only medical doctors who may be responsible for medical malpractice. Negligence by other medical professionals, such as nurses, dentists, osteopaths and those responsible for conditions in health care facilities like nursing homes, may also result in personal injury.
Negligence may take the form of errors during the diagnosis, treatment or management of health conditions. It may also involve failure to obtain a patient’s informed consent before undertaking a procedure or operation.
“Informed consent” exists only if a medical provider has thoroughly informed a patient about all the inherent risks, benefits and alternatives involved in any surgical or medical procedure or treatment, and that the patient has duly given written consent to proceed with the treatment.