Florida parents Cole Parsons and Courtney Thorne filed a medical malpractice suit on Wednesday, December 28. They filed against Jacksonville-based Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Dr. David Smith. The parents are claiming their baby suffered severe burns from the lithium battery she ingested because the physician took around five hours to remove said battery from the baby’s body.
According to data from the National Capital Poison Center, over 1,900 children swallowed button batteries in 2015. Among these cases, there were 20 deadly incidents in children younger than six. Parsons said other doctors noted their daughter may need continuous treatment to mend her esophagus. Because of the wounds in her esophagus lining, she can eat only pureed food.
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If there is cause for you to believe that a loved one has suffered permanent injury or death due to negligence of someone in the medical profession you should seek an opinion from an experienced Rhode Island Lawyer with the ability to investigate your case and get you the answers you need.
One of the first things you must know before even considering sitting down with a medical malpractice lawyer is if your situation fits the criteria for medical malpractice. Legally the term “malpractice” is defined as negligence or the failure of a professional to perform their duties according to the acceptable rules and guidelines of that profession. Suspecting malpractice and proving it are two different things.
Medical malpractice claims may be made against any type of medical professional, including doctors, nurses, hospital staff, nursing home staff, pharmacists and other health care providers.
Although it is thoroughly grounded in sciences such as chemistry, anatomy, biology, and more, medicine is still far from an exact science. This is why operating as a medical professional is known as practicing medicine. Still, there is a certain standard of care that has been established over the years that every medical professional is supposed to deliver.
Your medical malpractice lawyer must be able to prove that the health care professional failed to uphold the medical standard of care in his or her community. This standard is defined as the level of care that a competent health care professional with similar education and experience working in the same medical community would have provided under similar circumstances.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Rhode Island are specially trained to examine medical documents and histories to determine if the medical professional was in some way negligent in providing the acceptable standard of care. Sadly, there are times when something goes wrong with a medical procedure and nobody is really to blame. A lawyer will be able to tell you if you have a valid claim to a Rhode Island medical malpractice lawsuit.
A medical malpractice victim is entitled to recover damages and be compensated for the needless medical expenses incurred, lost services, lost wages, compensation for suffering and pain and punitive damages.
Many states have passed laws requiring plaintiffs’ lawyers in medical malpractice cases to submit some proof of the health care provider’s negligence at the beginning of the case before they will be allowed to proceed with the lawsuit.
This proof is usually in the form of a report containing the opinion of a physician that the defendant was negligent. Rhode Island has no such requirement at the outset of the case, but the state does have a special rule about expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases. In Rhode Island, expert medical witnesses must be qualified as experts in the field of the alleged malpractice. This law can be found at Rhode Island General Laws section 9-19-41.
If you believe that you or one of your family members was a victim of medical malpractice, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney for your Medical Malpractice case should be your first priority.
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