Medical Malpractice Law Facts & Cases | Scott Goodwin Law

Doctor talking with patient.

In medical malpractice cases, doctor-patient relationships are a very important part of the claim. The very existence of a doctor-patient relationship is one of the most basic things you’ll need to prove in order to move forward with a malpractice lawsuit.  What is a Doctor-Patient Relationship? In the legal sense, a doctor-patient relationship means that

A pregnant woman holds her stomach while having a conversation with a doctor.

It’s absolutely crucial that a patient fully trusts their doctor. This is true whether a patient is seeing their doctor for a routine checkup or something much more complex and sensitive, like delivering a baby. Every pregnancy is different and it’s only natural to have questions and concerns as your pregnancy progresses. Even if you’ve

Pregnant woman in hospital bed.

When complications occur with the placenta, the baby is typically the one who faces the most serious risks because of the possibility that it could interfere with oxygen delivery. But in some situations, a problem with the placenta can cause serious problems for the mother instead. During the typical process of giving birth, the placenta

Doctor writes prescription for medication.

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the opioid crisis was one of the most widely discussed public health issues facing America. According to the HHS, two out of three drug overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid and in 2019, about 9.7 million people misused prescription painkillers. But just because COVID has taken over the news,

Pregnant woman in hospital gown with hand on stomach.

Giving birth is an extremely difficult process for both the baby and the mother. And sometimes babies need a little extra help coming into the world. Sometimes, this means performing an episiotomy on the mother or the mother’s perineum tearing naturally to create extra room for the child as they leave their mother’s body. Natural

Doctor speaking with woman who looks upset.

When people go to see a doctor, they trust that their doctor will be able to quickly figure out what the problem is and give you a correct diagnosis. But sometimes, doctors don’t get it right. In many cases, illnesses and medical conditions may have symptoms that are very similar to other conditions, so it’s

Pregnant woman in a hospital bed.

Going through the process of childbirth is never easy, even under the best circumstances. Even with all the progress that has been made in helping make childbirth safer over the years, there are still many things that can potentially go wrong and put both the mother and the child in jeopardy. And when things go

Doctor talking with patient.

You’d be hard pressed to find a medical procedure or treatment option that doesn’t involve a potential risk of complications. Even relatively simple, routine procedures can still carry a risk of complications or negative side effects and it’s very important for patients to understand what might be in store if they agree to undergo the

Doctor examining chest X-ray

Radiologists play an extremely important role in helping patients get the care they need. Scans like X-rays and MRIs can be valuable tools in accurately diagnosing patients, by either helping to confirm a potential illness or by ruling out a condition. So when radiologists make errors when interpreting the results of those types of imaging

Lady Justice next to medical malpractice book

Medical malpractice cases can be very complex and difficult to handle. Even if it seems like you’ve experienced a very obvious, clear-cut case of medical negligence, cases can take longer than you might expect to resolve. One reason for that can be because of what’s known as a “Consent to Settle” clause in the doctor’s